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Re: [Nano-devel] Should nano stay a GNU program (Was: time for a 2.5.4-p

From: Benno Schulenberg
Subject: Re: [Nano-devel] Should nano stay a GNU program (Was: time for a 2.5.4-pre1?)
Date: Sat, 07 May 2016 12:45:50 +0200

On Fri, May 6, 2016, at 18:24, Chris Allegretta wrote:
> On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 3:29 AM, Benno Schulenberg
> <address@hidden> wrote:
> > As you know, I will not assign my copyright to the FSF, nor to
> > anyone else.  All the code I write is GPL'ed.  You don't need to
> > own the copyright on any code in order to be able to enforce the
> > GPL.  [...]
> Indeed, and in fact for a long time the copyright was owned by me
> before it was assigned to the FSF.  It's not required per se, but
> generally speaking, there must be a Maintainer of the Software who
> believes in the ideals of the GNU system

I do believe in the ideal of the GNU system: to have computer systems
that consist entirely of libre software.

> and will adhere to the GNU coding standards

That is too bureaucratic, not libre enough.

> > Github is no good; it is a closed system.  If you move to github,
> > then I'm done.
> Sorry (and a bit surprised) you feel that way.  Closed is a pretty
> general statement,

Github hosts a lot of libre software, but is itself not libre.  I find
that jarring.  Plus, in order to use their services, you need to assume
liability; and I will not be liable for anything.  Savannah does not ask
any such thing.

> and I imagine there are few truly Free Software
> hosting sites.

True.  But Savannah is, and Savannah is fine.  Even if nano stops
being a GNU package, we can still continue to use Savannah.


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