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Re: A summary of some open discussions

From: Siddhesh Poyarekar
Subject: Re: A summary of some open discussions
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:01:14 +0530
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On 14/01/20 10:54 pm, Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Such exagerations aren't useful, you nor anyone else was keept hostage
> for a year in a box and prohibited to work on the GNU C Library.

Of course it is not hostage in the literal sense.  It is in the sense
that a decision was prevented from being taken only because of one
person's whim despite the damage they could see happening to the project
as a result.

> Whatever you might think, it is RMS's perogative to decide how the GNU
> project is managed, it is not a community run afair.  This is quite
> clear when you agree to become a GNU maintainter.

Perhaps it is for maintainers (or not) but it is definitely not for
contributors.  The copyright assignment process does not mention that
the impression of autonomy in your GNU project has been explicitly
blessed by the chief gnuisance and can be taken away at any time based
on his will.  Basically the difference between the queen of England and
the Kind of Saudi Arabia.  OK maybe not as extreme as Saudi Arabia, but
basically someone who actually exercises their power.


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