On 3 May 2004, at 9:05, Daniel Rogers wrote:
> Sven Neumann wrote:
> > It's not that we wouldn't put a lot of effort into making GIMP work
> > well on a GNOME desktop. Adhering to FreeDesktop standards is one of
> > our goals and we are even working towards full GNOME HIG compliance.
> > The only things we really want to avoid is to be forced to do any of
> > this. 
> Above all, everyone should know you are a volunteer.  And as long as
> you are a volunteer, noone can tell you to do anything.  

The law can. The GPL has this nice provision stating that, since 
we're all volunteers and we're giving the stuff away, you cannot hold 
us responsible if the GIMP blows up in your face. However, judges 
hold a dimmer view of such provisions.

Of course, this has little to do with the GNOME Foundation, I just 
wanted to point out that your reasoning was less than perfect, and 
that if I can think of an exception, there may be more, and more 
relevant ones at that.

> > Since we aren't a GNOME application, noone can force us into
> > anything and that's a good thing.
> GNOME still can't force any volunteer to do anything.  The worst
> damage they could do is, "do this or we we will withold some funding"
> but even then, you are no better off then you are now.

If the funding was given to the GNOME Foundation with the im- or 
explicit wish it be used for GIMP development, the donor would 
rightfully feel cheated.

branko collin
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