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Open Source madness!

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I love free software. I use open-source programs and operating systems every day. But once in a while, I want to take some free software developers and shake them until their teeth rattle.

At the moment, I'm ticked off because the Debian community's recent hissy-fit over the Mozilla Corp.'s trademarked Firefox logo has led them, and others, to forking the Firefox code to avoid the use of the logo.

Gnutella, part of the Free Software Foundation's GNU Project, is creating "the 'GNU/Linux' version of same, to be dubbed 'IceWeasel.'" This may, or may not, become the logo-free version of Firefox that Debian will ship in its next distribution.

Regardless of how this turns out, the Firefox "bug" has been removed from Debian.

What are these people thinking!

Full Story.

Shades of Gulliver's Travels

A war about which end of the egg to crack makes more sense than this. We can't change the logo, so we are going to fork the code.

Real big issue, small consequences.

Never try to reason with a fool or a fanatic; there really is no difference.

For seekers only

re: Shades of Gullivers Travels

Will there be any Debian followers left to care?

This will be the SLOWEST fork in open source history. I'm betting the Iceweasel logo will be a stick figure for several years as they bicker over whether or not they should move their version of v1.5.08 code into stable.

It's a evolve or die type of world, hopefully the Debian folks will learn that before it's too late.

"On the money"

Ian Murdock's (brief) comment: http://ianmurdock.com/

For seekers only

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