It's like ... it's like ... like finding out that Superman ... no, make that the Green Lantern ... no wait, make that Aquaman ... it's sort of like finding out that Aquaman is just good at holding his breath under water, and that fish don't really do what he says.
Actually, it's more like finding out that Richard M. Stallman founded the GNU project in 1983 and wrote the GPL (as well as Emacs, the original gcc, and a few other things). Since 1983, mostly he's just gone around collecting honorary doctorates, giving talks at which he yells at people for saying "Linux" instead of "GNU/Linux." And promising the HURD kernel which even more a piece of vaporware than Duke Nuk'em Forever. And he seriously needs a haircut.Richard M. Stallman
Actually, for the most part I agree with Stallman's ideas, but I once wrote him an email thanking him for starting GNU and asking him a question. I got back a form letter asking for money (not for him, for various causes, some of which I don't agree with) and no answer to my question. It was pretty obvious that he hadn't read the email. I don't care about that, but to get back a request for donations instead of an answer is kind of tacky.
As far as Eric S. Raymond is concerned, he's just another self-proclaimed guru. It's usually not a good idea to pay attention to such people. A good example is John Gray. If you don't know who that is, you'll recognize the titles of his books. Here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gray_(U.S._author)
. Take a look at the part under "Credentials."