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From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: MAINTAINERS file
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2008 10:45:47 +0100
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Jeremy Maitin-Shepard <address@hidden> writes:

> More seriously, I think the goal of the GNU project should be to
> promote free software.


> You may argue that promoting the "GNU" name is important for promoting
> free software, but I don't buy that.


> I think the most significant barrier to greater appreciation for the
> idea of free software is the fact that it is very hard for
> non-programmers to understand or appreciate the idea of free software,
> and the vast majority of computer users are non-programmers.

Which is why something like the name with which something is mentioned
in the news to non-programmers makes an important difference.

I certainly consider the "GNU/Linux" naming issue a public relations
disaster for the FSF.  But it can't be denied that its primary goal,
rising awareness towards the GNU project (though not necessarily
sympathy) is being served by it.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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