Seems to me that "contracts" are all about taking away your freedom, once
lawyers get their hands on them. I don't see any need to fix something
which is not broken. So why take the trouble?

But then I read a few more lines at the bottom of the proposal.

The wording may seem like a preparation for a similar event to what
happened very recently at the FSF. And that makes me wonder.

Yeah, I know that no one lives forever but can't that bridge be crossed
when we get there?

El vie., 14 de feb. de 2020 a la(s) 10:35, Ludovic Courtès (

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Reservoir Engineering
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