[opensource-dev] Third party viewer policy

Darren Gansberg darmath at tpg.com.au
Thu Feb 25 02:10:21 PST 2010

Henri Beauchamp wrote:
> Because you can actually know who are *all* the real persons behind *any*
> Open Source project ?... You know, people do use pseudonyms a lot, on
> Internet... Anyway, no where in the GPL will you find that a developper
> *must* disclose their true identity
No of course you can't. Additionally the developer shouldn't be forced 
to disclose their identity. What i was taking exception with was the 
view that the identity of the developer is no one's business. As i said 
it's the users business. But the appropriate solution to the user not 
knowing the identity of the person responsible for writing a piece of 
code is for the user not to install and use that program on their system 
if they arent comfortable of knowing its source. That said i don't think 
it's necessarily a great attitude to take that your not prepared to put 
your identity to your own doings. And i adopt that view to all manner of 
things software development aside.


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