Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2008 21:29 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Richard Stallman, industry activist and founder of the Free Software Foundation has - once again - relinquished his role as maintainer of the phenomenally successful GNU Extensible, Customizable, Display Editor (Emacs). The news was slipped out on the Emacs developers' forum and Stallman explained his reasons in a later interview.
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RE: Why Linux?
by dagw on Wed 27th Feb 2008 15:59 UTC in reply to "Why Linux?"
dagw
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It's just a bunch of doubletalk - why doesn't he mention this in the GPL if he wants to have people call it GNU/whatever?

How about this:

* 3. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software
* must display the following acknowledgement:
* This product includes software developed by the
* GNU,RMS and its contributors.

Oh wait - they took that part out of the BSD license because the GNU guys didn't like it.

So what now?They want credit or not???


This point is covered in great detail on the fsf homepage and many other places. They have no interest in and are principally against forcing people to acknowledge and give credit to GNU (goes against free speech), but they would like it if people did it because they thought it was the right thing to do. They also refuse to 'do business' with people who refuse to do what the FSF believes to be the right thing. It's a fairly simple and reasonable stance basically: We won't force you to do what we want, but we won't work with or endorse you if you don't.

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