Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 21:48 UTC
Editorial Politicians. They are a certain type of people. I do not like them. Many do not like them. I think if there's one thing all of man has in common, whether he be Christian or Muslim, black or white, young or old, American or European, is a dislike of politicians. But then-- why on earth do we allow politics to complicate software? Note: Sunday Eve Column.
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the author is ill informed.
by google_ninja on Tue 25th Jul 2006 09:23 UTC
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2006-02-05

GNOME has been based on politics from day 1. The reason it was created was in response to KDE, which had (as in, past tense) a non-free toolkit. Thats right, GNOME is FREE SOFTWARE, not opensource. opensource is kinda political, free software is ALL about politics.

The reason GNOME went with a C API in the first place had to do with politics as well. So what the author is suggesting is that even though the project was founded to be a Free Software desktop environment, has been completely clear about this, and has stayed true to it from day 1, even when that means using inferior yet patent free technoloy, all of a sudden they should change because of an influx of non-ethical users.

That is at the best silly and uninformed, at the worst its flamebait.

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