[rms at gnu.org: Some problems on gnucash.org]

Christian Stimming stimming at tuhh.de
Wed Aug 9 15:25:59 EDT 2006

Am Dienstag, 8. August 2006 22:46 schrieb Linas Vepstas:
> GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software,
> freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD,
> Solaris and Mac OSX. GnuCash is part of the
> <a href=http://www.gnu.org>Gnu Project</math>.

It didn't occur to me that the current GnuCash project (read: the currently 
active developers) consider GnuCash as part of the GNU project or vice versa, 
or that it ever has been considered this way. I wouldn't understand if we 
added such a statement right now without any further relation between the GNU 
project and ours, except for that part of the name... :-)

> A harder change would be to hack the logo and change it from
> "open source finance software" to
> "free software for financial management" or
> "free software for finance".

Actually the website title reads "Open Source Accounting Software", whereas 
the logo reads "Open Source Finance Software". Clearly we need to stick to 
one title in the website and the logo.

As for the "Free" vs. "Open Source": This should probably rather be discussed 
by english monther tongue speakers, but for me the words "free" and "finance" 
shouldn't appear directly in the same program title, as this would clearly 
point into the beer meaning of the "free" instead of the speech one. That's 
precisely the reason why "open source" was created as a slogan in the first 
place, and IMHO for exactly that reason I'd rather use this label instead of 
adding the ambiguity. I think everyone knows that RMS thinks differently on 
this one, but in our project I think it's us who need to decide on the 
labeling here.

Nice to hear he has heard about our project, though :-)


> --linas
> ----- Forwarded message from Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org> -----
> From: Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org>
> To: linas at austin.ibm.com
> Subject: Some problems on gnucash.org
> Reply-To: rms at gnu.org
> This is the message that bounced didn't get a response, which is
> what led me to look for how to reach you nowadays.
> It is about what I saw on gnucash.org.
> Right at the top, it says "open source finance software".
> Meanwhile, it doesn't mention being part of the GNU project.
> Would you please fix that?
> There are also places further down that say "Linux" when they ought
> to say "GNU/Linux".
> Meanwhile, it looks like a lot of progress has been made lately.
> Congratulations on the new release.  (I didn't know about it before,
> because I am not on the mailing list.)

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