People Demanding Credit in the Press Release Silliness
On Thu, 20 Feb 1997, Douglas Stewart wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Feb 1997, Yoav Cohen-Sivan wrote:
> > It is a sort of Press Release whipped-up by the Debian Project Leader.
> > I really didn't intend to chastise him for this - I am a staunch Debian
> > advocate. I just wanted to remark that the "press release" was a bit
> > low-key on attributing the GNU project and Linus for most of Debian.
> > Seeing as how it looks like this is a release meant for the general
> > public I deem it only fair that they think of Debian as an
> > implementation of the GNU project and the Linux Kernel, and not as some
> > new OS. I would prefer Debian stood on its own merit.
> Please people, let's not get ridiculous about this. It's called Debian
> GNU/Linux, which is more than enough credit for GNU. As Linus has said
> before, the only really essential GNU tool for Linux to exist was gcc.
> Everything else is available (though usually inferior to the GNU
It is my understanding the Linux was created by many people generously
donating their skills and time. We should try to give credit where credit
is due - but these people selflessly and generously donated their time,
and I don't see them demanding personal recognition - in fact I doubt they
would because they are concerned more with helping others than receiving
personal credit to boost their ego... at least I hope this is the case.
I don't think it is of much importance who is mentioned in the press
release. Do Linus or GNU/FSF really care? We know their contributions,
that's the important thing; the average reader of the press release will not
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