Posted Mar 21, 2007 20:03 UTC (Wed) by landley
In reply to: GNU/Busybox ?!?
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
> Six years old, publicly available, and pretty typical of a spat between
You mean the way Linus Torvalds announced that the Linux kernel was GPLv2
only six years before the FSF started GPLv3, and yet they totally ignored
that because it wasn't what they wanted to hear, and still expected him
to relicense it anyway? Even today, their position is still "wait and
see what he says when the final version ships", even though Linus's
position is that he hasn't got the AUTHORITY to change the license at
> What's your motivation for posting it here?
My motivation? (Since I posted the original link?) Supporting my
His for cutting and pasting: I'm guessing because it was the first he'd
seen it, so it was new to him?
> We know what RMS wants; but I'm curious - who is NigelK,
Oh sure, shoot the messenger. You can always turn it into an ad homynym
attack if you try hard enough..
> what does he represent, and why is he so keen to attack RMS using any
> means he can find? What is it you *want* from this, exactly?
Who _I_ am (I'm not nigelk but he was responding to my message) is among
other things, a computer historian (see http://landley.net/history/mirror
for some random snapshots of research materials). The version of history
that RMS puts forward is extremely revisionist, and he uses it to promote
political agenda I strongly disagree with.
Who else I am is the ex-maintainer of busybox who abandoned the project
in disgust after Bruce Perens carried the Free Software Foundation flag
into a mailing list he'd never previously posted on its entire ten year
history, using long-abandoned historical credentials to INSIST that the
project's current maintainer (with the explicit support of the previous
maintainer and a clear majority of the developer base) move to GPLv3
rather than staying with GPLv2. I chased him off and locked down the
project's license to GPLv2, then handed it off to a new maintainer and
went off to do other things because I simply can't stand to touch it
anymore, it's got Bruce Disease. (He's not taking credit for my work.
I've posted fairly extensive reasons why I think GPLv3 is a horrible
idea. Two random examples:
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