Subject: Re: README: -current broken for a while
To: Chris G. Demetriou <>
From: Ted Lemon <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/03/1997 12:00:33
Chris, everybody should have a fun job.   You're right that I work on
NetBSD for pay, but the reason I seek out NetBSD jobs is because it's
more fun.   One of the ways in which it is more fun is that I get to
share my hacking experiences with the larger NetBSD community - both
accepting help from and providing help to my fellow NetBSD hackers.
Plus, it gives me somebody interesting to drink beer with.

I don't blame you for Paul dropping the project - what you did, and
what core did in response, was just the straw that broke the camel's
back.  But I did, and do, take your comments about tainted brains
seriously - I can't help it.  If I can't hack on NetBSD/Alpha because
you might sue me, that severely impacts my potential for fun jobs in
the future.

In every letter you've sent on this subject, you spend a tremendous
number of words telling us how this wasn't your fault.   It was core's
fault that they accepted your copyright and then changed their minds.
It was somebody else's fault that when you sent mail to root at a
certain site asking that they stop doing something, that nobody
responded until you threatened legal action.   I tried to hash this
out with you privately a while ago, but you weren't interested in
discussing it - in your mind, it was somebody else who caused this.

There are other people who share responsibility for this.   I wish
they would own up to their responsibility and apologize - it would go
a long way towards healing the schism.   But you are the only person
thus far who has had the cojones to stand up and say ``it wasn't me.''
I'm sorry, Chris, but it was you.