RedHat Bill Update

Posted by Eric Tue, 13 Aug 2002 00:00:00 GMT

Steve Sheldon sent me a URL to the RedHat bill which I mentioned yesterday. I can't find anything on Mandrake's, IBM's or Linux International's websites, so I'll assume that they're innocent until proven guilty (I don't trust the CNET fact checkers, and I seriously doubt that Linux International's corporate members would approve of this silliness).

So what's going on? It looks like somebody in RedHat's Open Source Now division is trying to pull a publicity stunt at the Linux World Expo. I'm not convinced that RedHat's management seriously supports this bill; they have a lot of partnerships with companies such as Oracle.

garym has has written a scathing satire about this bill. And I have reason to believe that Linus would hate it: And I personally refuse to use inferior tools because of ideology. In fact, I will go as far as saying that making excuses for bad tools due to ideology is stupid, and people who do that think with their gonads, not their brains.

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