No, this is actually one of the worst pieces of rubbish I've heard from him. He either totally ignores or simply disregard the fact that GNU, as a FSF project, accounts for the single largest contributor of almost every existing more-than-Linux distro; and that this OS whatever you call it wouldn't exist if not for the FSF. Either way he's a fool.
I think BO$$ loves Ubuntu, doesn't he? He may want to hear what Canonical has to say regarding the FSF.
fsf hasn't done anything at all, in years. Their so-called "high priority" projects (see powervr/intelzXXX driver) haven't gone anywhere. In fact, I think people AVOID things that the fsf likes.
Also, there are alternatives to all of those core utilities, which also happen to be free. Take busybox and bionic as examples.
This is just stupid, dont you guys see what you are fighting about? You are fighting over whose football team is the best....you all either miss or ignore the objective values of this matter and fight over petty things like favouritisms and purely belief based assumptions.
The FSF is there and states its opinion on certain matters and makes campaigns trying to spread the word, it is GNU/Linux, most F/OSS software uses GPL or GPL style licenses, RMS goes around the world giving speeches and spreading the word about the benefits of FOSS software and having access to the source as a security measure and a learning tool, if it wasnt for them we wounldnt even have a voice, you dont seem to get how politics work, it's not about what you do but how many people you can reach, that's why linux isnt mainstream, because we lack support that big corporations just pay for.
See for example those as-seen-on-tv ads, they sell bullshit, you all know they are a lie, yet they sell and make millions. You have great software with everything people could need but no one knows about you (ask people what is linux and most wont even know what windows is....), and so you die alone. It's not just about making clones of what people use, you have to take into account the cost, its effectiveness and how to spread it.
This is a great idea because it makes it easy to do what you would have to spend a lot of time researching just to get some basic setup going. No one seems to get people are not trained to think, they are mostly sheeps, and you expect them to invest time to get something done when they can just download an exe and set everything up in less than a minute? "Being FOSS didnt get the job done, so it's useless." This idea could get the job done, FSF is spreading the word, now we just need someone to put the workforce to code it.
You miss the whole point of the FSF putting it in their list, it's not just a symbolism, "this" is the idea, we here discussing about it. If a magazine publishes this in paper, those that buy it will also know.
And no, it's not easier to use the console when you have no idea what a console is. As i'm sure most have seen software has tended to be more fancy one bottom solutions than something productive over the years, a slider going from poor to high quality rather than 45 textboxes, with names you dont even know what they mean, for the different settings for the h264 encoder. So yeah people spent time learning how to use DOS back them, but just a few, compared to the amount of people that used windows nowadays. This is the teach people how to fish vs giving people some fish to eat dilemma, you are asking people to to spend years learning how to do the stuff they need on linux vs just grabbing the exe that already works on windows from the "almost infinite bucket full of freeware/adware fishes" called internet. There's no use in learning when you dont need to to get the same result. And because people cant see the difference choosing windows is the most logical solution.
Those that whine about the FSF being useless miss the whole point of what they do, that's pure ignorance, just like those that say that politicians are "stupid" because we have economics crisis and poverty.....
Please stop being human and start thinking, some AIs are more rational that some around here...