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Subject: Re: rasher: firmware id3.c,1.110,1.111

Re: rasher: firmware id3.c,1.110,1.111

From: Jonas H. <rasher_at_rasher.dk>
Date: 2005-09-08

On Thu, Sep 08, 2005 at 05:07:35PM +0200, Svante Tidholm wrote:
> Rockbox might not deal with politics. But Rockbox is part of this
> world, and is in different ways affecting and affected by the
> politics that sorround us.

No. Wrong. Rockbox *must* not be affected by the politics that surround
us. I absolutely disagree with you on this point. We must avoid being
affected by politics at all costs. There's nothing that spells doom for
a project like Rockbox, like letting politics control it.

The goal of Rockbox is to create the best possible firmware. No more, no
less.

And for this reason, people should not take any action of Rockbox as a
political move. If they do, too bad on them, they're misunderstanding.

> Technology is definetely part of politics. Rockbox might even be said
> to be a political project since it is developed non profit but
> competes and is better than much of the capitalist-oriented software
> out there.

I don't see how this makes Rockbox a political project. It's simply
playing by other rules than commercial groups do.

> To deny the power you have does not remove responsability from your
> life.

The moment we start making decisions based on politics, is the moment we
take on responsibilities that we didn't previously had. If all our
decisions are purely motivated by technological merits, we cannot be
said to have any of the responsibility that you imply.

If you were running Rockbox as a one-man project, and part of your
decision making was based on what you think is right or wrong, I'd have
no problem with you leaving this out (I'd still think it was silly, but
that's as far as I'd go).

Of course, these are all personal opinions yadaydayda. I don't claim to
be speaking on behalf of any Rockbox "group".

-- 
Jonas H
rasher(at)rasher(dot)dk
                                                  -- Random .sigs suck
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