Despite these reservations, RMS's claim to define and lead the hacker community under the "free software" banner broadly held until the mid-1990s. It was seriously challenged only by the rise of Linux. Linux gave open-source development a natural home. Many projects issued under terms we would now call open-source migrated from proprietary Unixes to Linux. The community around Linux grew explosively, becoming far larger and more heterogenous than the pre-Linux hacker culture. RMS determinedly attempted to co-opt all this activity into his "free software" movement, but was thwarted by both the exploding diversity of the Linux community and the public skepticism of its founder, Linus Torvalds. Torvalds continued to use the term "free software" for lack of any alternative, but publicly rejected RMS's ideological baggage. Many younger hackers followed suit.
First, because Germany is well aware of the nature of the regime the US inserted into Ukraine and it perceives that regime to be a threat to European civilization. After all, Germany has no fond memories of Nazis. Second, because in the long run, Germany has more to lose from economic sanctions on Russia than it has to gain from an economic relationship with the US. Third, because Germany does not want a nuclear slag heap on its eastern frontier. Fourth, because Germany does not want to be dragged into a pointless war based on a NATO Article Five pretext, especially by the corrupt, feckless and sycophantic Baltic State governments which the US currently claims to “reassure”. Fifth, tensions related to concerns about Islamophobia are on the rise in Germany.
Again, he has made missteps. But his actions should be kept in perspective. The chairman has openly and repeatedly stated that he knows of no evidence supporting Trump’s claim that Obama had his wires tapped at Trump Tower. Moreover, he has acknowledged that the interception of communications by Trump associates was “incidental” to lawful foreign-intelligence collection activities. Nunes is surely sympathetic to Trump, but he is not parroting the president’s script. He has questioned only the handling of the lawfully obtained intelligence, and his rationale for doing so is surely no less plausible than partisan Democratic claims that “Russia hacked the election.”