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Linux trademark row is storm in a thimble

Cry Freedom and let loose the GNUs of war
Fri Aug 26 2005, 10:45
THE FOUNDER of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman has some strong words about the INQ and other media for creating a storm in a thimble about Linus Torvalds demanding cash from some Aussie companies to use his name on some Linux software.

The Sydney Morning Herald, which also carried the same stories, quotes Stallman saying that the media was diverting the attention from the real news which is apparently the 'freedom to change and distribute software'.

He said that the main point of free software was freedom. It all works the way cooks do with recipes and what names you're allowed to call a program is a side issue -- a bit like salad.

Stallman said he was only interested about names when they helped to focus attention on the freedom to change and redistribute software.

However, unlike Linus he will not be running around demanding cash to use the GNU name, he said. This will be a great relief to these guys, here.

More GNUs 'ere, mate.


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