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LinuxNews.com: Community Responds to Stallman's Linux Today Editorial

Sep 07, 2000, 19:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to mhead for this link. ]

"Richard M. Stallman (RMS for those new to the community) has placed himself in the center of the firestorm of controversy surrounding rival Linux desktops GNOME and KDE."

"RMS's piece, titled Stallman on Qt, the GPL, KDE, and GNOME, posted on Linux Today September 5, caused a furor among developers and followers of free software issues and a flurry of talkback activity on several Linux-related Web sites."

"RMS's editorial maintains that, despite a number of steps made in the right direction, KDE is still in violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) under which KDE's free software foundation competitor, GNOME, was developed. This violation, Stallman says, exists despite the fact that the Qt library, which was proprietary and is used in KDE, has been re-released as free software."

"To rectify the situation, Stallman insists that not only do all the authors of code used in KDE need to make a statement to the effect that linking their code with Qt was done with their permission, but "where code was copied from other GPL-covered programs, their copyright holders need to be asked for forgiveness. To lead the way, the FSF [free software foundation] hereby grants this forgiveness for all code that is copyright FSF," Stallman wrote."

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