On 12/11/09 10:13 AM, "Les Harris" <lhar...@gnome.org> wrote: > > His position as I understand it is that it is bad publicity for the FOSS > movement if such a public facing venue like Planet GNOME is used to promote > proprietary software.
I have not noted "promotion" of proprietary software on Planet GNOME. Can anyone point me to some instances of what's causing this great concern? For that matter, has there actually been any call on Planet GNOME for the sort of "rules" for which Mr. Stallman seems to See A Great Need? Dave Neary's message seems to suggest that there simply aren't any, either way. For my part, I'd be as unhappy with a lot of postings "promoting" _any_ company's products, whether they were "proprietary" or "free". Commercial sales pitches are inappropriate on Planet, in my view, whether the software being peddled is "free software" or not. I strongly doubt, however, that we need "rules" to deal with it, since it appears to be a complete non-situation. The Planet isn't for marketing, it's for getting a window into the lives of other folks in the community, just as it says, and many of those lives involve working with both free and proprietary software. That's a simple fact, and to attempt to muzzle people on this basis is divisive to the community and destructive to the Planet. It's not for marketing a political agenda, either, in my view. The concern seems to be utterly unfounded, and the need for "rules" is non-existent. I would certainly appreciate any efforts Mr. Stallman might care to make to communicate in a way that does away with the apparent need for third-party hermeneutics of his utterances. _______________________________________________ foundation-list mailing list email@example.com http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-list