Who is doing harm here?
Posted Oct 3, 2006 22:50 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: Who is doing harm here?
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
In short: it looks like Linus and kernel developers are intentionally choose the ways of communication which can be used to "poke" FSF and then go away thus avoiding any constructive discussion.
Indeed. Just as they complained that the FSF had already decided the contents of GPLv3 before starting the public consultation, it seems that kernel devs had already decided their opposition before seeing the first draft. It is not surprising, since they were already sticking to GPLv2 since the beginning. It almost seems like they want to retroactively be right: first they said: "I want to stick to GPLv2", now they are saying: "see? We was right to stick to v2, GPLv3 sucks".
Meanwhile Linus was playing the prima donna complaining that
"Eben [Moglen] said he was willing to go over the draft point-for-point after it was published, but not apparently willing to let me read it in the comfort of my own home and send comments back. So, the GPLv3 process couldn't apparently accommodate me, or I couldn't accommodate them."
Why did he need to go first? Linus could certainly read the draft in the comfort of his own home after it was published; we all did. Of course we are not the leader of (arguably) the most important libre software project out there, but then he was talking to the lawyer of the guy who has (and I quote Ingo Molnar freely) "unprecedented legal power over 350 million lines of code" (conservatively estimated). I would expect a bit of humbleness from him. Well, what do I know.
Was it because they don't have time to defend their position or have they no arguments to actually defent it ? We'll see...
Ingo Molnar is displaying a lot of patience, and also spending a lot of time defending the position of the most prominent kernel devs'. He also has a lot of arguments, but so far they are not very convincing, not for me at least. They shift too much.
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