Re: RH and GNOME
The more arguments like this that I hear, the more convinced I
get that we have become too popular.
>>"Petra," == Petra, Kevin J Poorman <ewigin@SoftHome.net> writes:
Petra,> Forgive me for being frank, and don't get me wrong I'm all
Petra,> for debian. but these "selling points" are not selling points
Petra,> at all, and won't mean jack in the long run. Corparations
Petra,> will look and say, hum a package put together, by a company,
Petra,> or the same package put together by a group of
Petra,> vollenteers. uh, the vollenteers could have sabotauged the
Petra,> package... nope, gonna go with the one I can sue. ... (Not
Petra,> saying that anyone would sabotauge a deb package... but...)
Yup, the world is full of pointy haired managers. However,
there are indeed selling points, to me, at least, and to others in
the free software community. I am not convinced I want to be selling
to anyone else, really, though I understand that others may want to
(distribute Debian to a wider market, I mean).
Petra,> Debian is by far the best linux dist (IMO) but if the current
Petra,> mentality of "lets build a technical os" does not change,
Petra,> debian will die.
I doubt it. It may never have the popular appeal of windows
98, but I doubt if Debian is going to just quitely give up the ghost.
Petra,> SOME attention should be paid to users, and other
Petra,> non-programer types. we are all for the advocation of linux,
Petra,> until it means carring for our users.
Say what? You mean we should give up our principle to take
care of our users? I do not think I want users that make me give up
my principles, thank you. There are plenty of users out there that
understand the free software community -- and are not dazzled by the
flash of cash registers.
Petra,> Your selling point of commited to free software is a
Petra,> good one, but it to is also, not much of a selling
It is to me, and I suspect a fair number of the developers and
users out there.
Petra,> gpl/artistic has it's flaws. lets use some of our
Petra,> colective knowlage, and cash (read this fully before yelling)
Petra,> to come up with a set of licence goals, and hire a lawyer to
Petra,> write it up.
Sure. My citerion would essentially re-invent the GPL. So lets
save our money, shall we?
It may stop, but it never ends. Matt Howarth
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