On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 6:21 PM, Nikola Smolenski <smolensk(a)eunet.yu> wrote:
On Saturday 24 January 2009 08:48:56 Gerard Meijssen
When the CIA or any other American governmental
organisation has something
to share that is of benefit to us, we should be gracious and thankful and
accept and reflect what boon we have been given. Recently we accepted some
advice from Apple. The people around the UNICEF usability extensions have
worked to make their software functional on head. There is a lot of great
work done outside of the WMF and it is at our collective loss when all this
important work is ditched.
If you think the CIA is evil per definition, fine. It does not change one
iota the effort that Brion will put into checking into their code or anyone
else's code. In the end the code makes it obvious if the CIA is evil in
CIA is evil by definition. If they offer you something, it will be something
that may seem to be beneficial for you, but will in fact benefit them. Given
that CIA has much more resources than you, you can never be sure if their
help will in fact be detrimental to you.
Is the NSA also evil, because the created selinux and gave it to the
open source community?
open source is a non-zero sum game. In open source, an improvement is
able to be beneficial to everyone even when the donator was being
selfish and building it only for their own needs.