Accusations, accusations, always accusations
cowan at locke.ccil.org
Wed Oct 20 17:02:07 UTC 1999
Alex Nicolaou scripsit:
> I think you accidentally edited out the context that makes this more
> clear. The "you" in this sentence is not RMS or a plural you referring
> to developers of the GNU system; it is specifically the person I was
> responding to (John Cowan) who wrote "failing to give credit to prior
> researchers is the act of a morally worthless person".
I was talking about scientific research, not programming.
Furthermore, I was talking about whether the GNU GPL should
*demand* credit. There is no *law* that makes giving credit to one's
predecessors a requirement, but justice is not the only virtue.
> John's implication is that the Linux kernel development
> community is morally worthless for failing to name it GNU/Linux and I
> think that this is quite out of line.
It would be, if I had either said or implied that. I didn't.
I have no opinion on the Linux vs. GNU/Linux dispute. I do have
an opinion, which I was defending, on whether the GNU GPL should
demand credit as a condition of creating derived works: namely,
it is neither practically advisable nor morally justifiable.
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
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