[pp.int.general] Master's thesis | derailed

Daniel Riaño danielrr2 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 19 23:24:38 CET 2014

2014/1/19 Lindsay-Anne Brunner <lindsay.brunner at gmail.com>

> The woman just wanted some answers for her thesis.

Hi, I think she's getting very valuable arguments to use in her thesis
through this thread, isn't she?

> Why is there an argument over how she wrote her survey?

In my opinion, one of the reasons is because this is going to make her
survey much more reliable.

> Just take the survey or don't; she might not be in tune with the argument
> in the first place or aware of the issue, but that doesn't mean you all
> should go on for days over it.

If you are making a thesis in, say, "How the interests of furniture
industries in Malaysia are endangering the Orangutan's ecosystem", and
somebody questions your methodology because of some minor points about the
software you used for your survey (unrelated with its usability or
reliability) you could certainly ignore the objections. But if you are
doing a thesis in things directly related with free software and you are
given indications about the nature of the software you are using, I think
you are being given very sound and timely advice about your thesis' subject
(much better now than latter).



> On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 7:12 AM, Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> wrote:
>> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
>> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
>> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
>>     Referring to it as
>>     "Debian Gnoo Slash Linux" all the time, however, will just get
>> confusing
>>     to the person you're trying to convince to switch to free software.
>> "Is
>>     it Debian, this Gnoo thing, or Linux? I don't know, oh to hell with
>> it,
>>     I give up."
>> You can explain it in a few seconds.  You could also call it "Debian"
>> for the first few minutes.
>>     So again, "who cares", or rather "what do we actually care about as a
>>     free software movement"? The accreditation of GNU by using GNU/Linux,
>>     and if so, why stop there and just credit every upstream packager
>>     included by default in a distribution?
>> See http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#many.
>>     And, as to what is actually formally correct; that would be how the
>>     distribution you're referring to names itself. For example, Debian
>>     GNU/Linux, but Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Why?
>> See http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#distronames1.
>>      Both the Linux kernel and
>>     most of the GNU userland are licensed with the (A)GPL which requires
>>     using the copyright monopoly, to not remove accreditation of the
>> authors
>>     in the actual source, but has no such mention of the name.
>> See http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#require
>> and http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#deserve.
>>     Sigh. One of these days I'm just going to create a distribution with
>> the
>>     Linux kernel and consisting of entirely free software, but without the
>>     GNU userland.
>> See http://www.gnu.org/gnu/gnu-linux-faq.html#linuxsyswithoutgnu.
>> You are grasping at the usual excuses, but you would see through them
>> on your own, if you tried.
>> --
>> Dr Richard Stallman
>> President, Free Software Foundation
>> 51 Franklin St
>> Boston MA 02110
>> USA
>> www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
>> Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
>>   Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call.
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