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Re: [MiNT] old KGMD or new NMD?

On Thu, 4 Feb 1999, Bernd Ebert wrote:

> 2. "MiNT'98": A new MiNT-Distribution complete with Installation-Scripts
>    (a bit similar to the old KGMD-Scripts) and with a graphical Administration-
>    Software (Web-Based with CGI-Scripts). Also there is big bunch of new 
>    Software ported especially for this Distribution (Samba, the new 
>    nfs-server, and more). Currently we (Torsten Lang and me) are working 
>    on getting an language-independend Version out. MiNT'98 (we will change 
>    this name) is mainly intended for easily installable Network-Support, but 
>    it is also a full featured MiNT-Distribution including Web-Servers, Samba,
>    named, Proxy.....
>    MiNT'98 is a commercial release, because of the effort we had to put into
>    the graphical administration system. In fact this and some Networking-Drivers
>    for Milan, Hades and Panther are the only parts which are not allowed to
>    be copied.
hm sorro to hear that. That goes against all what MiNT and unix spirit is
about basically.

You sell the cd, fine, get money out of it, fine etc. no prob.
But not able to redistribute part of it because of effort you put into, or
whatever other reason on a ftp server is not fair.
Do you think mint dev like Frank with all those hours are not as valuable
as mint98?
Or linux people etc?
the cd should be payable, of course, no doubt on that. But the
distribution imo, shouldn't.
Like stupid things like kemd (only translation, and rework VERY tiny part,
experienced many times, taking notes, install it like 5 times in a row,
basically 3 months doing only that. I don't expect any money on that. So
imagine Knarf! or all the real workers.
Anyway, i am kinda deceived to learn that some part of mint98 are
We already don't have a lot of drivers, so if for the few we can have, we
actuially still can't because of some copyrights decided on the amount of
hours. hm.

In general people are trying to brake this old rule that is to keep src
and secrets and rights.
people like micq author spend/WASTE hours (just like you probably did)
reinventing the wheel.
Some people have understood that on the other side also. ID software,
Netscape and others.
Anyway, and one more ranting.. (geez, where will I stop?) :(((

Btw, same thing about ext2 fs, shareware for MiNT, this one amazed me.
By today if properly freeware"d" instead of shareware, well, we all be
probably be on extfs instead of minix fs. (supposition).

linux, netbsd, if you have the time, the energy, the money to get it from
an ftp site, It is all encouraged. Most of the people just get the CD.
Much easier to handle. Sometimes cheaper than hours of download. And much
more handy when reinstalling X many times.
So the CD is STILL a valuable source, eventhough the same could be found
on ftp for free.

MiNT Is Now TOS, let's move on, shall we?  /