GNU License for Hardware
rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Oct 17 06:32:35 UTC 1999
Quoting Richard Stallman (rms at gnu.org):
> It is a question of fact and interpretation. Here are
> several reasons, which I think are more than sufficient.
> 1. We launched the project to develop a complete free operating system
> like this one.
> 2. All the other projects that wrote programs now in the system
> aimed to write a program to do this or that specific job.
> We alone proposed the goal of a whole system, and did whatever
> was necessary to achieve that goal.
I have personally heard Kirk McKusick credit Richard Stallman
and the FSF for directly inspiring the effort to create a free
version of 4.x BSD. This was during his two-hour talk to
the Silicon Valley Linux User Group, earlier this year.
One of my employees is currently taking a class from McKusick
at Berkeley, and I'm going to request that she ask Kirk to
confirm this in writing, to Richard. I suspect he'll be delighted
to do so, as he has considerable respect for the GNU Project.
In the meanwhile, perhaps this e-mail will help.
Cheers, "Heedless of grammar, they all cried 'It's him!'"
Rick Moen -- R.H. Barham, _Misadventure at Margate_
rick at hugin.imat.com
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