Charters, manifestos, and SPI's purpose, and forum-widening

Josip Rodin joy at
Mon May 14 20:00:30 UTC 2007

On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 01:51:37PM -0700, Bruce Perens wrote:
> The founders are myself and Tim Sailer. Our specific goal at the time 
> was to protect Debian developers from personal liability by giving them 
> a corporate shield. This purpose was not achieved, but IMO is more 
> important today than it was in 1998.

AFAICT, it's more futile. If someone really wants to go out to sue Debian
developers for doing what they do, the legal system in the US still allows
them, and no matter how much money we got in the meantime, someone with
money to waste on this purpose now likely has even more.

So, since there's nothing that can save us in that game, other than
popularizing common sense and the world becoming a better place,
let's just keep trying never to play it?

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