Current events such as the community responses to the Microsoft/Novell deal, "Open Source Leaders" playing on people's emotions to convince them of their points of view, and other such childish behaviour on behalf of people who speak for the Open/Free Software Community over the past 6 years has prompted me to reconsider even being a part of said community.
It just makes me so sad that the community sees fit to divide and conquer itself by burning developers and companies at the stake. How many times have great developers with real vision such as Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman been the subject of immature political negativity? I've lost count. Am I living in Salem? Is this the 1800's?
Do people not learn from history? I thought the Free Software Community was a community of intelligent people who practiced reason? Apparently I was wrong. Apparently many of the Free Software Community are just immature spoiled brats on a mission to stroke their e-peens and anyone not in agreement with their extremist views is a witch who must be drowned, burned at the stake, crucified, or murdered politically. Guilty until proven innocent.
You all should be ashamed of yourselves. If "Microsoft Wins" (good lord, it's not a fight of good vs evil), it will be because the community strangled itself. Microsoft need not even try. You guys are doing a pretty damn good job of it all by yourselves.
Evil will always triumph because Good is dumb. -- quote from Spaceballs
What happened to all the Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect that so many of the free software developers blog about? Is this all just a bunch of hypocrisy? Is this just a convenient guise? Take a good look at yourselves. Notice any similarities between you and the people you despise (lawyers, politicians)?
Wake up, FOSS. Wake up.