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Re: Release plans

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 17:57:56 -0400

   Remember that 30 years ago you were a hacker just out to "improve
   the system" and any artificial legal hoo-haw that got in the way
   just seemed stupid (at first) and then sinister (leading to the

   Ok, so... don't go from that good position, way back then, to a
   modern one where for some twisted reason you conclude that you
   should decline to "improve the system" when you have every right
   to.  Feature bans are antithetical to the hacker spirit that gave
   rise to the free software movement.

Nobody has banned any feature.  The maintainers are simply stating
that such a patch would be rejected and why; just like they would
reject a patch that does not follow coding standards or introduces a

It would have been no different than rejecting a patch that would add
a login with passwords on ITS or file permissions...  People hacking
the system would have felt that it would not improve the system, as is
the case here.

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