Re: GNU within the name
Momchil Velikov wrote:
"Erik" == Erik Steffl <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Erik> so you are one of the few that like the Jehova witnesses?
I'm not familiar with this group(?).
I guess you're lucky then... nevermind...
Erik> the question is whether you have a right in the first place.
Yeah, I think it is part of the right of free speech, which is
commonly accepted right in contemporary democratic countries and I
really hope is respected by Free Software developers, no matter if
they are citizens of not so democratic ones.
so what? I said it's annoying, not illegal. I did not say they
_cannot_ do it.
Erik> it is kinda same as somebody approaching you and trying to convince
Erik> you to e.g. change your hairdo. not illegal (IANAL though:-) and not
Erik> strictly wrong but not something that I would recommend, in general.
Somebody's right has nothing to do with whether you like or not
him/her having that right nor is dependent upon your endorsement or
lack thereof. Thus, "arguments" like this are pointless.
I am arguing that it's annoying! check my first statement. so this
argument is definitely not pointless in this context. We're not arguing
the rights of rsm to request it.
Erik> as I said it's completely different for debian developers -
Erik> if a debian developer tries to convince other debian
Erik> developers it's ok. if gnu tries to convince others to
Erik> change the name it's not OK (that's what I said is annoying
Erik> narcissism, not strictly wrong but even less right, IMO)
I don't have the impression that Debian is a closed order,
self-contained and isolated from the rest of the world.
no it's not. it does not have anything to do with the issue though.
the point is that debian developers are debian developers while fsf/rsm
are outsiders asking number of parties (not only debian) to change the
name. yes, they _can_ do that. but I consider it annoying and against
common practice in free software world.