Actually, if 386/BSD had been available Linux would have never been born period. FSF had NOTHING to do with Linux's creation. GNU gave it an OS to work with because GNU-Mach and GNU-HURD were not even viable projects. Torvalds had other choices of operating system software also, but chose GNU because it was the only viable choice at the time for his needs.
Right-to-read, isn't necessarily a necessity. Far from it. It's actually more of an excuse to say, "everyone owns this, not just you".
The Linux community has only asked mainly in the majority for hardware OEMs to support their products, which they now have started doing more actively because they see a need for it. Even if they are closed source, proprietary, or non-free drivers, at least driver do exist and can be acquired, and the same goes for software also.
The same goes for people like John Bradley. John didn't HAVE to release the full source code public and allow people to build XV on their own systems and use it without paying. He could have distributed binary only and even time-locked out copies of his XV, but he didn't. He allowed people full access to the sources because it not only was beneficial to getting his software out there, but also allowed people to submit back patches if they found problems, wanted to expand XV more, and even just in general look at the sources. All he asked is you keep the shareware licensing code untouched and at least credit him for making XV.
The FSF has just as much to be judged over as for what they judge others over themselves.
Last edited by ReaperX7; 10-04-2012 at 12:38 AM.