The entitlement we live in nowadays vis à vis technology continues to blow my mind, from some condescending attitudes towards free software that forms the building block of a myriad of products to the "disappointment" some consumers express when a new released chip isn't twice as fast as the old iteration. There's a lot going on behind the scene and even by saying so I am underestimating just how much our civilisation has put in effort into the things that we use on a daily basis and pay to attention to.
But RMS didn't descend from Mount Sinai with the Four Freedoms carved into stone by the finger of God or anything. He's just a man with an opinion, and his ideas are not above criticism regardless of what he's done for the community.
This entire thing we have going wouldn't be possible without the GNU project. And GNU would never have happened without RMS. The man is a giant. A giant with huge glaring flaws, but every single one of us that did anything with unix-like OSes in the past 30 years owes the man.
Sadly I fear that much like Peirce, Stallman will be forgotten by history because of the acumen of his primary detractors.
Outside software industry and computer enthusiasts no one has even heard of RMS. As for Gatesian Basic conundrum  of the past he could as well been forgotten if not for emergence of Linux, maybe he should be lucky be called the father of open source although I understand that he considers it to be an insult.
The common Windows10 user might be okay in having no control over their computing and merely licencing their OS , but I would argue that's because they don't comprehend what they're agreeing on. It's sad that computer literacy is that astonishingly low. Agreeing to some entity to have the ultimate power of your computing environment is like having to agree to someone else to have the power over the fabric of your though processes. We're still in the digital middle ages, feudal society where MS, FB, Google have the final say in the spheres of their domination exactly like the churches or kings would decide over their people.
Aside from retrocomputing is there any actual use for ed in this day and age though? https://sanctum.geek.nz/arabesque/actually-using-ed/
The K in K&R C Programming???
Mind blown, what an excellent dude!
vim, not so much.
Some of us still use plain old vi and not vim, which is why I'm a little touchy about it, I guess. (I mean, what do you need with all those damn plugins, anyway? Might as well use emacs in that case.)
Really impressive what the people at MWC did with an 8088.
Actually, the PDP/11 was a 16-bit machine.
"The UNIX text editor was called 'eee-dee' - it's not pronounced 'ed', at least by those in the know - it's pronounced 'eee-dee'. This was written by Ken Thompson, and I think it was basically a stripped down version of an editor called QED"