Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Dec 2009 15:16 UTC, submitted by chully
Gnome Over the weekend, there has been a bit of a ruffling of the feathers over in the GNOME camp. It started with complaints received about the content on Planet GNOME, and ended with people proposing and organising a vote to split GNOME from the GNU Project.
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Spectrum of opinion.
by spudley99 on Mon 14th Dec 2009 16:18 UTC
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I disagree with him, but I believe it's good to have radicals like RMS.

It is important to have a spectrum of opinion, because the existence of the extremists is what makes the more moderate opinions seem moderate.

Being an extremist is merely being at the edge of a spectrum of opinion. If extremists like RMS weren't there, the spectrum of opinion would be narrower, but those on the edge would still be viewed as extremists.

So those open source advocates out there who are seen as fairly moderate can thank RMS for that. Without him we'd be the extremists.

As for what the GNOME project should do, I guess they should probably leave the GNU.

The GNU was originally a grand plan to create an OS, but it will never achieve that; that task has been delegated to the Distributions. So what is the GNU now, other than a loose collection of software projects with a common set of values. So if GNOME doesn't fit with those values any more, then it really doesn't belong in the GNU.

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