This comic made me really laugh.
Maybe because I'm a long-haired bearded guy working with and on several open source projects.
I had a discussion some moths ago with two other programmers about open source licenses.
There were basicly three different points of view.
One of them was working as a programmer for years now, the other on is just studying at a university
and me who has just finished school and programs websites and applications for $$ in his free time.
After some hours we realized exactly the same stuff, as shown in the comic.
A lot of those bearded open source fanatics who had some good points in the past, seem to have become totally insane.
At that time I was developing an application using Qt and it's QSslSocket which uses OpenSsl.
The plan was to publish that application under GPL.
During this discussion I showed some parts oft it and somebody noticed by chance that my Windows installer included OpenSsl and my GPL application.
He pointed out that there is a legal problem and shipping both together could violate either GPL or OpenSsl license.
It took me some time to understand that problem. There are simply 2 conflicting paragraphs in the licenses.
I thought "Okay the GPL or the OpenSsl guys should know about that problem and find a solution."
After some research I noticed that they were both building their violins instead.
GNU recommends to use GNU tls instead of OpenSsl which would mean rewriting parts of Qt at the moment
and OpenSsl recommends asking everyone who contributed in the gpled code, for permission to modify the GPL.
What is all that fanatic license chaos about ?
Qt, OpenSsl and my application are all os-software we have the same intention regarding freedom and all that.
Imho I should be easy for the GPL guys and the OpenSsl guys to talk to each other and simply solve that problem.
All those open source fanatics should get back to the really important problems.
Maybe I have over interpreted the comic a bit, bu that's what came to my mind while looking at it.
It could have been a caricature, of many open source people as well.
"help, I have X computer problem."
"[Okay|I'm busy], but you wouldn't have that problem if you used X free software that I recommended instead."
"I use software that works, give the free software thing a rest already!"
"You're the one who has computer problems"
I've been banned from 2 irc-channels for doing exactly that.
I'm just a poor german student triyng to improve my english.