RMS is leading people off on his own path again. He’s saying that if people want to keep their freedom they better not follow Torvalds.
While it’s great that RMS doesn’t compromise his principles, the principle that he isn’t compromising isn’t necessary. RMS constantly tells us that it is the word “Free” which is important. This says to me that he feels that the experience of freedom — that actual freedom — is not important. Only the name is important, not the thing.
You see, Open Source is the experience of freedom. Free Software is the name of freedom. But people can redirect the name to mean something else, while the experience itself is the real deal.
RMS is claiming that there is only One True Path to freedom — his path. Does anybody believe this is likely to be true?