On 27 January 2011 19:38, Christopher Cherrett wrote:
No, really not. Attribution is incredibly important to many open
source developers, partly because there are so few tangible benefits
involved with open source work, and partly because the force of the
licenses we use (particularly the GPL) depends on being confident
about the ownership of copyright. It matters a great deal to people
if you take someone's work and represent it as your own.
And it's a pity, because a situation like this or the earlier
Rosegarden fork ought to be beneficial to everybody. With Rosegarden,
your project's focus was different from that of any of our core
developers and, although we like to keep people happy, we really
weren't able to spend the time to do the things you wanted. Forking
ensured that people who liked things "your way" had somewhere else to
go, which made things better for them and simpler for us.
In light of that, it's a great shame that the resulting new project
should then give us such a sour impression -- and the same thing is
true again here. Your casual attitude to other people's work means
that I and probably many others would avoid working with you again,
but that negative feeling could have been avoided with such a tiny
amount of thought and even less work.
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