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Re: configure script

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: configure script
Date: 13 Jun 2002 11:01:55 +0200
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address@hidden (Richard Stallman) writes:

> I call the system "GNU/Linux" specifically to give a share of the
> credit for the system to Linus Torvalds.  I also frequently
> acknowledge that many other people and projects have developed
> programs that are now included in the system, including X, TeX,
> Mach, and nowadays thousands more.  It is true I don't mention them
> in the name of the system; is that what you are criticizing me for?

This is double standards, and it makes stuff more annoying.

> I don't think we can, or need, mention all the secondary
> contributions in the system's name.

The main thing I have an issue with is that your way of pressing
GNU's cause is about the most harmful one imaginable.  Instead of
trying to hijack existing brands (like RedHat Linux), you should
establish your own.  Make a "Powered by GNU" label.  Ask distribution
vendors to tack it prominently on their CD boxes and ask them to
include a pointer to the GNU Manifesto where it can be found.  You
will encounter almost no restistance.  Make a "GNU certified Free
Software" label which will only be allowed on distributions
containing completely redistributable components.  Ask people to
consider buying only those CDs.  Make a "Contributor to the GNU
project" label for distribution vendors which seriously contribute
back money or developers.  That's the way to get brand recognition.

Instead you are trying to prohibit the distributors and other
developers the freedom for choosing their own brand.  In consequence,
they get upset.

The main quibble I have with you is not particularly that I find your
case not being convincing.  Even if it were, I would consider the way
you press it harmful for the GNU project.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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