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Re: Bug#139945: ITP: prokyon3 -- a multithreaded MP3 manager and tag editor for Linux.

On Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 06:29:45PM -0500, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> All they would ever allow themselve to do is to ask you to give them
> credit.  You are allowed to deny them their wish.  Now, you and many
> people seem to be annoyed that they insist on their wish, and repeat on
> every occasion.  Why does that make you so uncomfortable?  Maybe it
> makes some people uncomfortable because it encourages them to think
> about more about free software, and about the political stance.  Whereas
> some people seem to be more happy with ignoring it entirely.

Speaking for myself, it makes me uncomfortable for two reasons:

  1.  The FSF is asking for _more_ credit than we give to other groups
      that have provided major parts of our operating system.  I'm
      thinking of MIT and BSD here, as well as the groups behind Perl
      and Apache.  I'm forgetting lots of groups here, but that's
      part of my point.

  2.  The Debian OS is _not_ an instance of the GNU project.  It doesn't
      qualify, because it contains references to non-free software.
      (For the context of this argument, consider if "Debian GNU/Solaris"
      would be an appropriate name for a Solaris port.)

Richard Braakman

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