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Re: [Savannah-users]

From: Bengt Richter
Subject: Re: [Savannah-users]
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:29:48 -0700
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On 03/26/2012 10:05 PM Kaz Kylheku wrote:
On Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:18:00 -0700, Bengt Richter<address@hidden>  wrote:
What is nongnu ??

Funny that your contact address for this email in the mailto: link
on is,
not or some subdomain thereof.

What's the significance of the nongnu distinction??
There is software which is free (needless to say, given the
context, in a "GNU compatible" way) but which is not part of
the GNU project.

Most programs start as part of the GNU project. The GNU
project is absolutely desperate for anyone who can
write anything that compiles, and so the bar is incredibly
low. (Think: crud like GDB, bash, etc.)
Yeah, a bash script that I'd been using for some time just broke on this line:
    # XXX if [[ "$1" =~ "^[./:]" ]]; then #XXX does not work with quotes on 
regex in new version!
Terrible :)
But as soon as these programs reach a low bug count,
achieve user-friendly interfaces for interactive and
programming use, and demonstrate pristinely clean,
perspicuously transparent code base, GNU programs get
promoted to the Non-GNU side.

(Or wait, might I have that somewhat backwards?)
Well, I am very sympathetic to GNU, and my initial reaction to
"nongnu" was to interpret it as rejecting GNU, which I thought
strange in the context. I think I would have reacted differently
to, say, "" or "" ;-)

BTW. Note that you get to
if you ping and use the returned ip address in a browser like:
Amazing, isn't it! Welcome to the 1990's, where we have multiple
domains on one host. (And even multiple IP's on the same network
interface, bah!)

(Wanna rent one? $15.95 a month, 5 kilobytes of personal space,
and you get
to promote your "brand" in a professional way! Wow, deal!)


Your humor is appreciated. It was an unexpected pleasant surprise to encounter
your name in reply to my question. I've enjoyed reading your comments years ago
when I was active on a few newsgroups. I'll have to explore your site when I 
get some time.
Mostly just lurking and overcooking my own stew these days ;-)

BTW, IIRC, couldn't apache be configured to present as a default when 
by IP number, rather than If so, then the question becomes why the 
or did it just happen by accident :)

Bengt Richter
PS. I think you might enjoy

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