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Re: Debian decides to adopt time-based release freezes

Patrick Schoenfeld wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Aug 03, 2009 at 06:40:06PM +0200, Sandro Tosi wrote:
>> THEY STEAL our packages
> Uarg. That sentence let me discard everything sensible/intelligent
> you might have said in your mail. I often read sentences like that
> in the discussion. It makes me sick and wonder if I do invest my time in
> the right project.
> Lets face it: If you do make things open source
> you /must/ and really /should/ accept that others do re-use it according
> to the license under which you license it. Ubuntu does exactly that.
> If we start telling that Ubuntu people are thiefs because they
> re-use our work to make derivative works from it, then we should be
> consequent and call ourselves thiefs too, because we "steal" the work of
> our upstreams.
> But OTOH it would be just better and easier to not forget
> what Debian stands for. Free Software. Everytime you might
> feel its appropriate to tell Ubuntu (or other downstreams)
> thiefs, it might be worth to hold in a moment and have a look
> at our Social Contract which you accepted, when you became
> part of Debian.

Yes, but OTOH we strongly support copyleft softwares versus the BSD-
like softwares, because we expect to have back the works and
because we expect to behave as a big community.

I agree with you, it is not thiefs, but anyway the feeling are not
so good, especially because we are talking about a big player with
enough resources to behave as we do with upstreams.


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