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Re: plagiarism of reiserfs by Debian

On Sat, Apr 19, 2003 at 04:25:57PM -0600, Andreas Dilger wrote:

> I'm sure all the FSF/Debian folks would be thrilled if someone changed the
> code in [x]emacs to not output anything about the GPL at startup, or if vim
> didn't include any info about helping Ugandan orphans.

> I'm not saying that I've ever liked the verbosity of the messages in
> mkreiserfs, but at the same time I wouldn't ever remove them out of
> courtesy to the author, regardless of whether it is in the license or not.

Debian never encourages anyone to violate the license of an application,
and rarely encourages disregarding the wishes of the author -- the
difference is that sometimes, if we aren't able to disregard the wishes
of the author without violating the license, the software is non-free.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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