|In reply to Comment 66 (Thomas Frieden):|
I have 4 monitors in front of me. I work from home, and some of the things I do for work take a while to run. So on one monitor I was looking through the recent amiga-news.de software announcements TO PROVIDE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES WHERE THE SOURCE WAS INCLUDED WITH THE BINARY. Did you get that? I downloaded the scummvm archive looking for a POSITIVE example to give. I was looking for Hans-Joerg to have done GOOD.
It took me the spare 2 minutes here and there over most of the evening to check through the recent uploads, and I found that most uploaders had indeed done good, and had fulfilled their obligation under the GPL. So I could reply to the poster who asked for such examples (and stated he had never seen any). Is that a nasty thing to do? Is that obsessive? Or is it just common courtesy, when you have made a point and someone asked for supporting examples, to go and dig up those examples.
Now, both you and Hans-Joerg seem to have a problem with me also listing the negative examples I found. But I am no mindless cheerleader; I do not see the point in looking if I disregard anything that isn't nice and warm and fuzzy. So in with the good I also listed the bad. Mind you, I did not go looking for bad. I went looking for good, and in amongst it, found bad. That's the way the world is, and pretending it isn't will only get you into trouble in the long run.
The fact that Hyperion seems to be at the wrong end of GPL debates a whole lot does not imply that everyone is out to get Hyperion. It may, just possibly, be caused by a rather lax attitude towards the GPL on Hyperions part (where that encompasses the company as well as the individual coders).
Last time, it was Amidog who got caught. In reaction to that thread, two people mailed me and pointed out a problem with ixemul.library for MorphOS. Accusations were flying high and wild (including in the comments of the Amidog thread). Yet when I mailed my distributor, I was pointed at bbrv; After mailing them, I received an immediate and very helpful response, and within less than two days, had the source code, an apology for the mixup, and an assurance that things would be handled better in the future. No indignation, no paranoia, no martyr complexes. Pretty much the way Hans-Joerg acted in the low-50s comments in this thread. That's the way to deal with this sort of stuffup. Actually, the best thing would be not to stuff up in the first place, of course.