Posted Jan 23, 2012 1:56 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Please don't spread FUD...
Parent article: Google's disappearing Android GPL compliance opportunity
They chose to retroactively relicense the old tarball, and to make the new tarball under a different license available from the old link, and wait for people like me to go "why did my checksum fail and fall back to a mirror" in order to even notice it had happened.
Whether they were being incompetent, or being sneaky, is a separate issue. They did what they did, by choice.
How is that "spreading FUD"?
Well, apparently you don't know what FUD is. Definition: FUD is generally a strategic attempt to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information - and this is what you are doing here.
FSF never relicensed old tarball: new tarball was put under different name. Then people started complaining that old tarballs disappeared and offered a solution: This kind of URL change is a serial killer for automatic build system/script already shipped. Is it possible to have simlinks like 'oldername'->'newname' (as for example binutils-2.21.1a.tar.bz2 tarball will actually contain binutils-2.21.1)? and binutils maintaines agreed to make few symlinks.
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