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Re: [gNewSense-users] Status of licences for MAIN packages.

From: Ringo Kamens
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Status of licences for MAIN packages.
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 16:12:33 -0400

Is there any reason why the reporting can't be decentralized and
managed on the wiki? For instance, a package list would be put on the
wiki, with each package having its own page and then people can write
on that page what they did. Once a package is verified (including
dependencies) then its status could be updated to fully free on the
main package page.
Comrade Ringo Kamens

On 5/31/07, Chris Andrew <address@hidden> wrote:

Thanks for your mail.  I'm a bit out of the loop on this one.  From your
message, I gather that personal information has been transmitted on IRC
channels.  The only info I give out is my email address.  Should people want
to use "open source" (as in intelligence tools available to the public)
tools, such as Google searches, then they will be able to put together a
profile of me.  Whilst this is of some concern, I feel that it is a risk
that can be managed.

The GNU/Linux community would struggle to progress without IRC and email, so
I feel that people should be careful with the information they give out, but
carry-out a risk analysis to assess whether the risk can be offset against
the benefits that the masses can gain from "more-free" software, and the
inherent security benefits that this software delivers.

In essence, the benefits (IMHO) outweigh the risk.

If I have missed the point, then I apologise.

Many thanks,


(If you respond, then  could you do it to the mailing list, so that others
can benefit from the discussion)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Patrick Frank <address@hidden>
Date: 31-May-2007 19:42
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Status of licences for MAIN packages.
To: Chris Andrew <address@hidden>

On 5/31/07, Chris Andrew <address@hidden> wrote:

> For those of you that have put your name down for the checking of licences
in MAIN, can you let me
> (MAIN package coordinator) know whether you have done any checking, to

With me there are many other people who are willing to support Open Source
projects by their
 time and work power.

I would be curious to have a feedback from people like you, regarding my
mailing list posting
about the privacy issues on Freenode IRC. And I would like to know what you
personally think
 about such conflict situations, where conflict management obviously fails,
because people in
a moderating role have colliding personal interests.


Patrick Frank
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