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From: Nick Murtagh (murtaghntcd.ie)
Date: Sat Dec 01 2001 - 02:43:00 CST
On Friday 30 November 2001 23:28, Vincent Danen wrote:
> I agree. But, unfortunately, he's making arbitrary decisions. He has
> decided that his way is better, and with his distribution license, we
> have no choice but to use it, whether we like it or not. This pisses
> people off.
Yep. He's acting like a dictator. But you could also say that he's
taken it upon himself to shout "stop", this has gone too far,
here's a better way to do things. Unfortunately he's going about it
in such a way as to piss of the majority of open source people who
are used to being able to do anything they want with software.
The problem with filesystem layout is that the ability to do
anything you want is usually a bad thing!
> In fact. FreeBSD (I believe) and OpenBSD (for certain) removed all
> djbware programs from their ports collection due to his license.
I read the thread on the OpenBSD ports list
I don't think he won any new fans :)
> Wouldn't you be a little pissed if I told you that my program needed
> to be installed in /vincent/danen/rocks/bin and I created a license
> stating that it must be in /vincent/danen/rocks/bin for no other
> reason than that it is where I feel it should be?
As long as you put a symlink from /package/whatever to
/vincent/danen/rocks/bin you should be ok :)
I think it's quite clear that djb isn't going to get his way. But
that leaves the question, what are people going to do to fix the
problem in a more open-source compatible way? The OpenBSD people
don't seem to care too much about what other systems do, as long
as OpenBSD itself is "consistent". Apart from the LSB, is there
any more universal standardisation effort?