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Joe Pranevich: On Attribution, Translations, and Plagiarism II: The (Not So) Dramatic Conclusion

Jul 07, 2000, 08:49 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Pranevich)

It's been several weeks since I wrote my original article on the subject of plagiarism for Linux Today. Since that time, I have received many emails from many fellow writers who have had similar experiences. I had hoped that I would have the time to revisit the issue again by writing some sort of summary piece to let everyone know how things turned out. Unfortunately, I haven't had the time (with some real-life things going on) to put together a summary that would do justice to the problem and the many people that emailed in their support. Instead, I have put together this rather terse summary of what happened afterwards in an effort to provide some closure to the situation.

Shortly after the original piece was published, both Néstor Lucas and BarraPunto released statements, reprinted in Linux Today's message boards.

After those statements were issued, it would appear as if the matter was dropped. Instead, Mr. Lucas and I continued to have several private conversations via email. My goal in these exchanges was to not only find a solution that would be satisfactory to me personally, but also to find one that would allow the community to benefit. Mr. Lucas, despite his alleged sins, benefited his community and the Linux community through his various writings for Linux Actual, including the article about Linux 2.4. So, it seemed natural to me that the ideal solution to the problem would be to leverage his writing ability and my own to write something beneficial to the community together. This particular bit of logic may seem strange to some, but after much thought it's what I decided to do.

After a bit of discussion, Mr. Lucas and I have decided to work together on an article, probably for a future edition of Linux Actual and/or Linux Journal. Both are paper magazines with similar audiences (as I understand it, I could be wrong). Of course, neither of us actually work for these companies or have any real pull with them, so any article that we work on together might not even get accepted. In terms of content matter, we're probably looking towards writing something about the new Apache but this may change.

Many of the emails that I received since the original article have simply asked how I really felt about the situation. Do I believe Mr. Lucas? Do I believe BarraPunto? To these questions, I'm really not going to give an answer. I believe that the truth is likely somewhere in between.

As for the people that asked me advice on dealing with their problems, I really don't have an answer. A philosophy that seem to work for me is "Forgive once. Next time, bring the napalm." Fortunately for me, there really hasn't been a next time yet.

Thanks,

Joe

(Wonderful World of Linux 2.4 Final -- Next week! Probably!)

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