"Robert J. Chassell" <bob(a)rattlesnake.com> writes:
Steve Youngs <steve(a)sxemacs.org> wrote
o I want a development environment that doesn't get boiled
down in "politics".
That is wonderful!
Yes, it's great ;)
What method are you going to use? After all, neither you nor any
other developer is interested in politics, but must have others force
politics upon you.
We have the PPM to resolve most "political" issues -- I hope.
The XEmacs people decided on irrelevance: be obscure, do not do
anything that supports the rights of others to develop. The GNU
people decided to fight, even though they do not want to.
Fortunately, that mostly means most do not have to fight.
I do not understand, I don't think I want to even try.
Are you going to make sure that every contributor makes sure his or
her employer or university provides legal papers that will convince a
judge that the contributor has or had the legal right to contribute?
That way when someone unfriendly sues a company you have never heard
of for plagiarism (obviously, no one will sue you or other developers)
the case is thrown out of court.
What do you mean? Do not assume US laws apply to the rest of the
world! In Iceland, I don't think any company or organization can
suppress a contribution and I have the court rulings to back it up.
Individual contributors will simply have to guarantee the legality of
their contributions. Is that concept so hard to understand?
Or are you planning to be so irrelevant and obscure that no one
takes someone else to court?
Some of us live in countries where stupid law suits don't happen. Or
get thrown out of court or ruled *right*. At least I've heard no
horror stories about any.
Also, how are you planning to avoid the politics of patents? No one
into software development and freedom will go near them, unless
forced to. So what will give you the power to keep them away
(besides being obviously irrelevant, or are you planning on
What software patents? There is no such thing in europe (yet) and I
honestly don't think there ever will be (for long anyway). I can't
wouch for Australia (where Steve is), but I presume the laws there are
roughly compatible with the British ones.
I get annoyed when people think the world is limited to the United
States of a certain continent.
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