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Re: When open source projects close the process, something's wrong

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on November 06, 2007 04:38 PM
I think that the article writer (and several of the commenters) do not get a central distinction: legal != right. I mean, it's legal to lie, it's legal to abandon your wife and a lot of other things are perfectly legal without them being necessarily right. And the previous comment is probably pointing this out: Its legal to take the icons and do anything with them and no one is disputing that, the question is whether it is right.

That said, I very much disagree with where the previous commenter actually found the problem. The problem with the icon theme IS NOT that it is meant for the gnome desktop (or that it was packaged by a person outside the project). The problem is that the theme is immature and unfinished and this might give the original artists a bad reputation. F.e. see what happened with KDE 4 --- the project released a beta version which was quite unpolished and a lot of people started complaining about the quality of the work and even made a lot of, in my opinion, rude comments. I am not surprised if some people (the oxygen artists) want to avoid this. I am more surprised that a lot of the developers still develop in the open. If we (the users) keep forgeting about civility and only concern ourselves with what is legal, then it might well happen, that the developers will get fed up and close up the development. And that would be unfortunate, although perfectly understandable.
Jonathan Verner


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