GNOME, GNU, and a long memory
Dec 17, 2009, 22:33 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Reading the recent discussions about GNOME's position in the
GNU Project, I'm reminded of Utah Phillip's comment that "a long
memory is the most radical notion in history." The way that the
discussion has been reported in the media, you would hardly guess
that the discussion is the latest round in an ongoing and
disquieting dispute -- largely because the origins of the dispute
were never widely reported.
"The current discussion began on the GNOME Foundation mailing
list, when Richard Stallman, president and founder of the Free
Software Foundation, suggested that Planet GNOME,
(http://planet.gnome.org/) the conglomeration of GNOME developers'
blogs, should exclude all references to proprietary software.
""The most minimal support for the free software movement is to
refrain from going directly against it; that is, to avoid
presenting proprietary software as legitimate," Stallman