Is the goal to resolve the issue as quickly and harmoniously as
possible? If so then going public with the problem to a huge
recipients list without any attempt to resolve the matter privately
first is absolutely NOT the right way to proceed
What about the case where a third party downloaded and shipped code from OpenBSD's CVS while the infringing code was present? How does one resolve the matter "privately" when the code had already been distributed?
And I'm not even sure that your statement is correct for all values of "resolve". Note that the infringing code was pulled from CVS within hours of the flame war and the public notified (via slashdot, of course) within two days. I have a hard time believing that that speed would have been achievable via private email. One might event argue that "quickness" and "harmony" are anti-correlated here.
This whole canard just seems like a weak argument to me. I mean, even if one grants the whole "Linux developers are jerks" issue: it's still a copyright and license violation, it still needs to be corrected, and the public still needs to be notified. None of those goals are assisted by the OpenBSD team throwing counter-flames and etiquette ad-hominems in response.
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