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Re: plagiarism of reiserfs by Debian

On Tue, Apr 22, 2003 at 12:25:39PM +1000, Martin Pool wrote:
> "We don't care what the author wants, we have the legal right to
> change what we like" is not a good message to send.  Even if you don't

Thankfully, Debian isn't sending this message.

Hans would apparently like people to believe that, but Hans is wrong.

> A little cooperation is needed.

Yes, but you should be saying this to Hans, not Steve.

> There is some validity to #152547; in some circumstances having a big
> banner at startup is inconvenient.  However just cutting it out is not
> a good way to resolve the bug.  The maintainer made a mistake here.
> It ought to be obvious that removing a author/sponsor notice would be
> likely to offend.

It's not obvious.  Removing a sponsorship notice is something I'd do without
a second thought; it's nothing more than advertisement and it's just as
annoying to me as a banner ad.

(Removing author notices is more objectionable, but irrelevant; it's only
sponsorship notices we're talking about here, I believe.  Hans certainly
hasn't bothered to say what he's talking about, though, so we're all
guessing anyway.  If it was up to me, I'd remove the
package--probably undistributable--and point people at XFS.

Glenn Maynard

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