Please don't take the below reply as an attack. This entire email is my=20
opinion only, and I'm not speaking for anyone else on the UML list. Flame=
wars have started with less: I do not mean to offend anyone.
On Thursday 23 January 2003 19:59, Carla Schroder wrote:
> IBM asks for a username, password, and email address. No personally
> identifiable information, especially if you use a disposable Hotmail or
> Yahoo address. This doesn't seem overly burdensome to me, especially wh=
> you consider what it took to create this tutorial:
I'm invited to hide behind an anonymizer to access "public" information? =
me an idealist, but this does create an environment of distrust and remov=
total freedom toward accessing the information.
> -IBM bears the expense of editing and publishing the material.
> -I spent a month writing it, which does not include the months I spent
> using UML and learning my way around it.
> -Jeff Dike was kind enough to take time to fact-check and offer great
> suggestions, and several other people invested many hours in assisting =
This is an IBM sponsored tutorial? IBM does have the right to publish the=
commissioned works however they see fit.
I'm not against commercial sponsorship of such efforts: there are folks=20
willing to pay for information. But I'm generally against the community=20
referring to such documents.
I really do hope Jeff was compensated for his generosity, not only in the=
development of User Mode Linux, but also in his review of your published=20
> If you want to see more articles like this, visiting the site is the be=
> way to support the authors, and to show IBM that there is interest in w=
> they are publishing. Taking all that into consideration, taking a minut=
> register seems like a pretty good deal! I'd also like to point out that
> DeveloperWorks is a rare and special site- they publish high-quality, c=
> technical articles simply because they are cool and high-quality. The v=
> majority of publishers cater to advertisers, not readers. They're about
> selling, not education. You're not going to find something like this on
> CNET, to name one.
I personally do not go to a commercial site such as CNET to "learn" anyth=
The only services that I very rarely use are hardware product reviews and=
Win32 software downloads. The banner ads, commercialization, and speed=20
problems dissuade me from using their site for anything more than that.
DeveloperWorks is useful, but I'm not fond of the lack of GPL on many of =
> Once you're inside the site, tutorials come in multiple formats, includ=
> .pdf and zipped HTML. Easy enough to distribute copies of those; though=
> I already mentioned, more clicks =3D more cool articles.
So I have your permission to copy and distribute your published work to t=
community at large? What of republishing the same on another perhaps more=
appropriate website such as Jeff's user-mode-linux.sourceforge.net?
Do I need to ask IBM for their permission as well?
> Sorry for the long-windedness, but I think it's good to understand what
> goes into making something like this! :)
I do! However I hope you understand that the value of your document=20
contributed to something like the LDP makes for a much wider audience and=
far more community friendly.
- Ian C. Blenke <icblenke@...>
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