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Re: Debian and KDE: Appology

mdorman@mallet-assembly.org (Michael Alan Dorman) writes:

> Paul Seelig <pseelig@mail.uni-mainz.de> writes:
> > But RMS speaking like *this* is rather unappropriate and IMHO quite
> > insulting.  I wonder if the author of ncftp who was hurting the GPL by
> > using readline and who subsequently put ncftp under GPL as consequence
> > of complaints was asked to beg for being forgiven as well?  I guess
> > not, it was just retroactively considered legal, right?  Is this then
> > just treatment of the KDE developers?  Definitely not!
> The situation does differ somewhat: ncftp's violations were resolved
> by actions taken by ncftp's author.  KDE's violations were resolved by
> actions taken by Troll Tech, _not_ actions taken by KDE developers.
So what?  Does this retroactively make the KDE code less free than it
was before?

> So whether you think the request for an apology is appropriate or not,
> using the events surrounding ncftp as a basis for saying RMS is
> applying a double standard is dubious, because the resolutions came
> about through very different means.
... and resulted into the same.  So does this justify arrogance?

                                     Thanks, P. *8^)
   ------------ Paul Seelig <pseelig@mail.uni-mainz.de> -------------
   African Music Archive - Institute for Ethnology and Africa Studies
   Johannes Gutenberg-University   -  Forum 6  -  55099 Mainz/Germany
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