Thursday, November 29, 2007

Why fact check exists

In a very timely co-incidence, one of the blogs I analyzed earlier today was cited on the gnome-foundation list, as Richard Stallman had been led to believe that GNOME was now dependent on Mono. You can follow that thread to see what the developers' responses were, suffice to say the basic fact of the matter is that Mono is not required to run GNOME.

A later post in that mail thread I think spells out why a blog like this is required:

On Nov 29, 2007 1:33 PM, Luis Villa  wrote:
> On Nov 29, 2007 5:59 AM, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> >
> >
> > > I think you're way too harsh on people who actually concluded things like:
> >
> > Sorry, but the negativity of that site greatly outweighs the positive. It
> > takes more than a little sucking up to earn back my respect after the crap
> > they've been spewing.
> I'll second this. The fact:fiction ratio of boycottnovell is just
> incredibly, incredibly bad.

RMS message read "If part of it is not accurate, I hope someone will
explain." Do you care to sort out what is fact and what is fiction?

It is, of course, impossible to present a view of what goes on in the world in an un-biased fashion. We can't do that here. We can attempt to address some of the stories we notice seem to be out-of-sync with reality, though, and present a few facts which the reader might be unaware of. It's more essential than ever to read any material online with a critical eye.

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