Sun's venerable "java guy" has posted a blog entry wherein he gives his take on why the Java world should not fear the $1.6B settlement between the two companies.
Embedded in the blog is the following paragraph that I think is one of the better rants about Richard Stallman (Free Software Foundation).
As for Richard Stallman's Free but shackled: The Java trap , it's hard to know where to begin. He has his own rather peculiar definition of "Free" that I think violates the First Law of Thermodynamics (energy is conserved): developers put a huge amount of energy into creating software and if they can't get that energy back in a way that balances, then the system falls apart. I've been in this discussion countless times and I'd like to avoid landing there again. GPL software is not "free": it comes with a license that has a strong political agenda. Like GPL software, the Java platform is "free" in many senses: you don't have to pay anything for the runtime or developers kit and you can get the sources for everything.