Re: ncurses 4.1

From: Eric S. Raymond <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 1997 00:52:20 -0400 (EDT)

> But as far as I understand that's
> not what you want. You want to have control and all the others should do the
> work.

Hello? Juergen? Have you been paying attention?

OK, I'll say it a fourth time....


(a) for Thomas Dickey *not* to control it, because he hijacked it (ask Zeyd)
    and is not trustworthy on what I consider vital matters;

(b) for the usual free-software community customs regarding credits,
    cooperation, and the rights of maintainers and authors to be observed.

I'd be happy for someone else that I trust to "control" things. I would
assign my copyright to said trustworthy person.

How many times do I have to explain this before it sinks in? Would
you like me to say it again? Yeesh....

As a matter of fact I was thinking of *you* as one of the prime
candidates. I was hoping you'd step forward after my first post.

That's right. *You*. In spite of your fantasy that Thomas's hijacking
was somehow consented to by myself and Zeyd (I hope Zeyd's last post
has cleared the fog from your mind on that issue).

You were wrong about that, and you're very damn wrong about me above. But
your contributions have been major (otherwise I wouldn't have put your name
where it is in the credits). You strike me as hardworking, honest, and
very conscientious (if a bit deluded).

After a suitable (and short) probationary period, I would not at all mind
handing you the maintainer's baton. (And Zeyd has just said
in public that he would support any action I chose to take in this matter.)

Now. Can we at least dispose of the fiction that I'm some kind of
control-freak monster out to control without contributing? Not even
Thomas has behaved *that* badly...

		Eric S. Raymond
Received on Mon Jun 02 1997 - 00:47:10 EDT

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