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GNU Grep & Sed: Fallout Within The GNU FSF Camp

Free Software

Published on 24 December 2012 11:38 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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It seems there's some dissenting views finally being pushed into the center of the table for discussion about the GNU project and Free Software Foundation. This comes as the maintainer of GNU Grep and Sed has announced his resignation from the projects.

Paolo Bonzini had been the GNU Sed maintainer for the past eight years and GNU Grep for three years while also having commit access to Autoconf, Automake, Libtool, gnulib, libsigsegv, and Bison. However, he's stepping away from this all. This announcement comes after the GnuTLS project moved away too. While these developers support the Free Software Foundation, there's growing disagreement over some decisions being made by the FSF and Richard Stallman.

The GnuTLS project moved outside of the GNU infrastructure earlier this month and is no longer considered a GNU project or require the Free Software Foundation's copyright assignment. This came after major disagreements with the FSF decisions and practices.

Among the problems expressed with the Free Software Foundation come down to:

- For a GNU project to be the best in its field, it basically needs to ignore any recommendations from the Free Software Foundation. Among cited examples was the recent conversion of GCC's C code-base to C++ and GNOME Using JavaScript as its extension language for the GNOME Shell.

- GNU is doing too little for the Free Software Foundation and the FSF is not doing enough for GNU.

- Attaching the GNU label to a project has no attractiveness anymore.

Paolo Bonzini also criticized the Free Software Foundation's lack of support for their high-priority projects. The lack of progress among the FSF high-priority projects is also something that I have openly complained about several times in the past: FSF's High-Priority Driver Project Doesn't Move, The Sad State Of FSF's High Priority Projects, etc.

Bonzini believes this is the first move towards the irrelevance of the GNU. His statements against the FSF/GNU can be found in this mailing list message.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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