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GNOME, GNU, and a long memory

Dec 17, 2009, 22:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"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 wrote."

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