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Re: glibc and the Linux libc fork

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: glibc and the Linux libc fork
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 18:28:09 +0200

Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> Alexander Terekhov <> writes:
> >
> In response to a writing about a 1994-1997/8 event, you're pointing out an
> August 2001 event that lead to nothing?

You wrote:

: Elliot Lee's article says that while the Linux kernel developers 
: were using their fork, glibc development stalled for a time. This 
: coincides with the time that FSF spent working on version 2.0, 
: during which there were no official releases for two years. 

Drepper wrote:

: The glibc situation is even more frightening if one realizes the 
: story behind it.  When I started porting glibc 1.09 to Linux 
: (which eventually became glibc 2.0) Stallman threatened me and 
: tried to force me to contribute rather to the work on the Hurd.  
: Work on Linux would be counter-productive to the Free Software 
: course. 

Drepper also wrote:

: ... I find this completely unacceptable and can assure everybody 
: that I consider none of the code I contributed to glibc (which 
: is quite a lot) to be as part of the GNU project and so a major
: part of what Stallman claims credit for is simply going away.


"Live cheaply," he said, offering some free advice. "Don't buy a house,
a car or have children. The problem is they're expensive and you have
to spend all your time making money to pay for them."

        -- Free Software Foundation's Richard Stallman: 'Live Cheaply'

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