It's nice to be nice. It's a 'You catch more Flies with honey, then you do with Vinegar' type thing.
Realy the developer should be given the benifit of the doubt. All effort should be given to being cordial and respectfull of the other people involved.
Let the other person be the asshole first.
Given the attitude of OBSD users and OBSD developers torward Linux and toward the GPL there is NO WAY this would of ended nicely.
NO way. It's just not going to happen.
But it's much more adventagous to make the other guy look like the asshole first. The moral high ground and all that.
This is why Theo should just be mostly ignored. How would of this turned out if nobody responded to his attacks and challenges and just worked to make sure that the problem was resolved? What was won by debating him on weither or not your 'inhuman' or whatever?
It realy does take 2 people to flamewar. Theo purposely drove the discussion away from the copyright violations and made it a discussion about email morality.
If the BCM43xx folks ignored his bait, and ignored his flames then I doubt any of this crap would of made it to Slashdot.
Also if they handled themselves more courteous fasion in the first place PLUS ignord the attempts to divert attention away from the copyright violations then it would of been even better!
Going public was nessicary, but this was still a disaster that made both sides like like jerks.
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