|In reply to Comment 89 (Amon_Re):|
I can't speak for others, but the reason *I* looked into the GPL compliance of this U-Boot update was because of Hans-Joerg's 'The whole of this "GPL violation" crap is really ridiculous' comment. In my eyes, it was too aggressive to not be challenged (and the same goes for Thomas's so-show-me-or-shut-up kind of statement.
And you will notice that I was quite nice about challenging it, too. I did not attack anyone, I simply pointed out that the statement was wrong, and that *in this case* there had indeed been a GPL violation.
You will hopefully further notice that before posting, I checked my facts. And before posting in reply to comment 47, I checked a lot more; I probably downloaded over 10MB worth of archives to actually look and see how the authors handled the GPL. One of them I had to transfer to a different machine to look at, because the version of lha used was newer than the one on my browser machine, and a readme wouldn't unpack. It took a long time to write that reply (not the least because I was doing all this during idle-times in my work-from-home job), but in the end, you can be sure that it was factually correct.
The Friedens didn't do that. They simply jumped up and down and proclaimed moral superiority, *without* checking the facts. That's not a nice thing to do, and calling them on it is not a nasty thing do.