Re: [dev] Address to the suckless community concerning freedom

From: Louis Santillan <>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:11:15 -0700

This is more satire than an April Fool's Joke unless you've changed
your name to Richard. :D

Maybe a pull request/enhancement request to have ubase/sbase support
Windows would have been more apropos.

On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM, Richard Stallman <> wrote:
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies, ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
> Good evening,
> you should already know me. I am Dr. Richard Stallman, founder of the
> Free Software Foundation and the philosophic basis of Free Software.
> Don't mistake Open Source Software with Free Software, both are
> completely different concepts.
> Reading about what "suckless" is about, I've got the impression that
> you do not know what Free Software is about. You choose to publish
> your code under permissive licenses which in the end might be used
> by rogue states like Iran, North Korea and the USA to shoot innocent
> civilians in the world's battlefields.
> I do not agree with that in two ways:
> * Software freedom comes from control. Don't fool yourself with
> licenses which actually allow the user to use the software freely.
> You write the software, the users have to do what you want.
> Child rapists and racists use MIT and ISC licenses every day.
> Don't get into the same boat, use the GPL.
> * Permissive licenses are too complex to use! Look at all the cruft
> hidden behind the simplistic wording of these licenses.
> Our FSF lawyers took their time, did their honest job and wrote
> every possible remote direct and indirect possible use-case of the
> GPL-software you write and put it under specific terms.
> Don't worry about loopholes. You can read it all up in the license
> itself!
> "suckless" is ruined! What the hell am I supposed to do? Start over?
> I can't write another essay on why the GPL is the best software
> license around. Don't question my authority!
> If you are to question the truths presented by myself and the FSF,
> we will publish your name, home address and other relevant data
> on the new FSF pillory [] to shut you
> up.
> If you don't watch out, your deliberate attempts to subjugate the
> users and attack software freedom might turn our society into a
> police state!
> Also, try to obtain your food from Open Sores like on your foot,
> ankle, nose or buttocks. Given I can't live off my feet alone,
> I've recently tapped a new source of protein: The lice in facial
> and head hair. Happy feasting!
> --
> Dr Richard Stallman
> President, Free Software Foundation
> 51 Franklin St
> Boston MA 02110
> Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
> Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call.
Received on Wed Apr 01 2015 - 23:11:15 CEST

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