CNET News: Schism Hits Key Open-Source Group
Mar 21, 2003, 16:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"A schism has struck the XFree86 movement, an open-source
graphics project key to Linux and several other operating systems,
resulting in the expulsion, by the core group in charge of the
project, of one of its members.
"The six-member Core Team of the XFree86 project announced
Thursday that it had ejected former member Keith Packard for trying
to create a parallel XFree86 project and refusing to discuss
reasons for the radical move with the rest of the core team. The
core team disclosed the ouster in conjunction with an announcement
of a new mailing list to discuss XFree86's future.
"In an interview, Packard didn't comment on specific actions but
indicated that he was trying to make it easier for interested and
qualified programmers to contribute to the XFree86 project.
'XFree86 is not currently a friendly place to play,' he