Subject: Re: what happened to the lm75(?) driver?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: 09/13/1999 00:53:34
>> *Ask* me to, and I (probably) will have no problem with it.
>> *Demand* that I do so, [and I push back]
> I don't have quite so much faith as you appear to do in the users and
> abusers of intellectual property.
I don't quite see what it is that you think I have so much faith in.
> Or maybe it's just the degree to which I've been abused in this
> department in the past.
Possibly. More likely, I think, is that I care more about helping
others and less about cash-on-the-nail rewards. (Though goodwill can
be a pretty substantial reward over the long term, as I'm learning.)
I did a port of X11R4 to the `black' NeXT 2bpp hardware, back when
X11R4 was where it was at. A company called (IIRC) Pencom shortly
thereafter came out with an X11R4-based NeXT server for such hardware.
I'm told it was based on my work (though they had done a lot of work
themselves). I have no idea whether they credited me in any way; they
didn't say and I didn't care enough to find out - it was, and is,
enough for me that my work helped some people. (I don't mean Pencom;
there have been other people running my code directly as well.)
So, was I "abused"? Whatever. I still hold the position I do.
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