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Re: [address@hidden: What's GNU -- and what's not]

From: Federico Leva (Nemo)
Subject: Re: [address@hidden: What's GNU -- and what's not]
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2020 01:48:28 +0200
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I'd like to stress a passage which made me think quite a bit:

We have never
pressed contributors to endorse the GNU Project philosophy, or any
other philosophical views, because people are welcome to contribute to
GNU regardless of their views.

To change that -- to impose such requirements -- would be radical,
gratuitous, and divisive,

What holds the project together is indeed something else. One can debate what qualifies as "views" and whether radical changes are necessary, but personally I appreciate being reminded to be careful about this point.

I've tried to think of analogues outside the usual communities we usually have in mind. In my home town there is a refectory run by Franciscans: I may be mistaken, but if you volunteer there you're not even asked whether you're a Catholic, let alone asked to join functions if you don't want. I understand one may consider that a more menial task, less likely to be influenced by philosophical thoughts than what one might code in their software, but it's just a comparison, not a model.


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