Just out of curiosity: what is wrong (from licensing point of view) with VMware drivers?
And the reason the FSF doesn't like the VMWare drivers is because VMWare the company has *allegedly* infringed on the GPL in the case of busybox (and Linux).
Do you feel this has anything to do with the question that started this thread (and which you quoted in your e-mail)?
I was providing a more likely explanation for why the FSF doesn't like VMWare, for those who are not aware of VMWare's current status. So it was on-topic because someone asked a question up-thread, and I was trying to answer it.
Off-topicness aside, should we perhaps also drop reiserfs which is (mostly) work of a convicted murderer?
Maybe. But I don't think the two situations are comparable.
We owe a lot to them, and it's not fair to smear them by claiming that the reason why they do not support distributions such as us is because of trivial reasons. Their concerns _are_ legitimate IMHO.
The purpose of opinions is to differ. I, for example, can value their contributions to open source ecosystem without feeling an obligation to agree with every single idea they come with or even to join their holy wars.
I didn't ask you to agree with them, I'm asking you (and the people in this thread) to take their concerns seriously. Even if you end up saying "I think these concerns are not as important as these other ones." But just out-and-out saying "I'm not going to take part in their holy wars" is not taking them seriously.