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Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 08:19:29 -0500
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <esr@thyrsus.com>
To: Peter Samuelson <peter@cadcamlab.org>
Subject: Re: [KBUILD] Request for discussion: move to kbuild@sourceforge.net

Peter Samuelson <peter@cadcamlab.org>:
> Maybe I'm just being inflexible in the face of a new world order.  (I
> went through the same thing when Yahoo replaced Archie.)  But it just
> concerns me when a single company has the ability to (temporarily)
> freeze the development of half the world's open-source software just by
> unplugging a roomful of servers, either voluntarily or not (think
> "court order").

Huh.  Last thing I expected to have to do on this list is put on my VA hat.

We're not blind to this problem.  We don't want to be a chokepoint; it's
in VA's interest for the community to know it's protected against accident
or malfeasance.  This is why we're developing a network of active mirror
sites -- not just to imporove performance, but so one of them could take
the baton if the SourceForge primary site had to shut down for some reason.

I'm in regular contact with the SourceForge developers.  I'll make sure this 
issue stays live in our planning.
		<a href="http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/">Eric S. Raymond</a>

...Virtually never are murderers the ordinary, law-abiding people
against whom gun bans are aimed.  Almost without exception, murderers
are extreme aberrants with lifelong histories of crime, substance
abuse, psychopathology, mental retardation and/or irrational violence
against those around them, as well as other hazardous behavior, e.g.,
automobile and gun accidents."
        -- Don B. Kates, writing on statistical patterns in gun crime

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