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Re: Thomas Schwinge to stop any work on the Hurd

From: Bas Wijnen
Subject: Re: Thomas Schwinge to stop any work on the Hurd
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 21:03:33 +0200
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Hello all,

On Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 01:22:15PM -0400, Thomas Schwinge wrote:
> If the community is not able to ``handle'' a ricochet like Alfred is, my
> time is for me no longer worth to be wasted on this project.
> For this reason:
> I will stop any work on the Hurd from now on until a) Alfred is removed
> from both the main Hurd project and the HurdExtras project or b) he
> publically apologizes to me and <irrelevant extra things>.

Well, we can forget about b.  Alfred yells at people every now and then,
blaming them for everything he doesn't like.  I don't think I've ever seen him
apologize, and I don't expect to ever see it.  When I first saw the Hurd
community, I didn't know what to think of him.  Now I know he is mostly being
ignored by everyone.  However, I could have stopped looking before I found
that out.  I'm sure some people do.

Thomas now says that instead of using a workaround (ignoring him), we should
actually fix the problem.  What I like in the Hurd is that workarounds are
usually considered bad, and real solutions are implemented instead.  I hope
that will happen in this case as well.

The choice is simple, I suppose: we lose Alfred, or we lose Thomas.  Since
(AFAIK) most of us are annoyed with Alfred from time to time, while at least I
am extremely happy that the Hurd on Mach has received a new boost because of
Thomas, as far as I'm concerned the choice is easy.

Sending Alfred away is of course not "nice" of us, but I think it will overall
be a good thing.  And I'm sure everyone agrees that keeping Thomas happy so he
will continue to work on the Hurd is a very good thing as well.


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