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[News] Analysis of the Genesis of Latest Smears Against GNU

  • Subject: [News] Analysis of the Genesis of Latest Smears Against GNU
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:28:04 +0000
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GNOME board member denies Icaza post caused furore 

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| A member of the GNOME Foundation board has 
| denied that a post by GNOME co-founder Miguel 
| de Icaza led to a discussion on the Foundation 
| mailing list which resulted in a call for the 
| project to cut its ties with the GNU Project.
| Behdad Esfahbod made reference to a story in 
| these columns, wherein it was claimed that a 
| Planet GNOME post by De Icaza, about 
| Microsoft's Silverlight technology, served as 
| the catalyst for another Foundation member, 
| Lucas Rocha, to start a discussion on members' 
| complaints about the type of content appearing 
| on the Planet.
| The discussion begun by Rocha led to one 
| senior developer, Philip Van Hoof, calling for 
| a vote on whether GNOME should continue to be 
| part of the GNU Project. He was supported by 
| GNOME advisory board member, David 
| Schlesinger. The iTWire report did not 
| attribute Van Hoof's call to the Foundation, 
| but only to him.



The Importance of GNU

,----[ Quote ]
| Unix was a good choice in that it was
| compartmentalized and it was relatively
| straightforward to replace each Unix
| component with it's GNU replacement. (For
| anyone who doesn't know: GNU is a recursive
| acronym that means 'GNU is Not Unix'). Bit
| by bit RMS worked and by the early 1990's he
| had almost a complete system. Only one major
| part was missing and that was the kernel.
| As we know Linus Torvalds wrote a kernel and
| then people started to use the GNU utilities
| to create a complete operating system. Of
| course there were many contributions from
| different places, but the two most important
| parts were the GNU utilities and the Linux
| kernel.


Linux Freedom Under Attack

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| I think we also need to send Richard
| Stallman to meet with new Federal CIO,
| Vivek Kundra, to discuss our government's
| obligation to use free software. Stallman
| told me, himself, that he would like an
| opportunity to meet with Mr. Kundra. So,
| if any of you have any connections or
| contacts in that realm, let's help RMS go
| to Washington.
| We deserve a voice in Washington because
| we know there are those in the opposing
| camps with lobbyists and representatives
| to promote their side of the story. We
| need ours.

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