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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 said..."

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