Re: Announcement: Modification to the base XFree86(TM) license.
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There are two issues with this change: 1) the decision making process. 2) the consequences of the change. On both grounds, I must oppose. Any license change that has affects on *other* people's code, as this one potentially does since it is being applied to parts of a much larger aggregate, should be discussed in advance. What someone/an organization does that does not affect others copyrights ultimately is their decision. However, in this case, there may be consequences to this action that affect other people's contributions to code distributed by XFree86. Therefore this should have been discussed *in advance* with the community. It is unacceptable that such changes be presented ex post facto. Secondly, XFree86 has recently been a steward of a technology that has seen major contributions by many, many people and organizations, over 20 years. As Stallman notes in http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/bsd.html, the consequences of everyone demanding acknowledgment can rapidly become untenable. What if all contributors demand such acknowledgment? Similarly, I must oppose this change for the same reasons I have opposed Stallman's "GNU/Linux" campaign in public: the contributors to the X Window System technology are amazingly wide ranging, from people and organizations including the DRI project, MIT, Digital, Sun, SGI, the X Consortium, SuSE, HP, Metrolink and so on: many, many more than can possibly ever be properly acknowledged. XFree86's contributions will not be forgotten, but they are in fact no more key or central than many others represented in the technology and code distributed by XFree86, and arrogating that XFree86 must be acknowledged when most others with similar major contributions are not, is not in the proper spirit of community and sharing, so I must similarly oppose this change, as I do with calling Linux GNU/Linux. Regards, - Jim Gettys -- Jim Gettys <Jim.Gettys@xxxxxx> HP Labs, Cambridge Research Laboratory _______________________________________________ Forum mailing list Forum@xxxxxxxxxxx http://XFree86.Org/mailman/listinfo/forum
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