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Re: Fwd: reiser4 non-free?

Joe Wreschnig wrote:

On Tue, 2004-05-04 at 12:54, Hans Reiser wrote:
When you go to the opera, they don't come on stage and say buy XYZ, but they do say something prominent on the brochure like "we thank the generous ABC corporation for making this evening happen". Debian should follow that model, it works and is morally right to do.

This is a very good analogy.

Debian will happily print your credits in our "brochure"
(/usr/share/doc/*reiser*/copyright), which is an optional read for
people who want to see the opera (use the ReiserFS software). We'll even
do it prominently, all caps, whatever. But we will not walk out on stage
(print messages during use of the software) to advertise your
Reiser4 prints them when you make a new filesystem, not when you use the filesystem. We are not as aggressive as you imagine. While I do personally think that boot time credits should be returned to existence, I am not asking for that.

We do follow that model, it does work, and it is the right thing to do.
Operas put the credits where they get seen. Where a contributor is really significant to it happening, a theater group (little league baseball game, etc.) will mention on stage sometimes.

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