17 July, 2011

Harmony 1.0 is out

Well, well. Almost nobody noticed as they didn't make much noise about it, but Harmony 1.0 is out. I made my opinions quite clear in my blog and column about Harmony and said we'd have to judge once something came out. Well, let me just quote Richard Fontana from Red Hat, who's saying what I think (but more politely):
(...) I say to Mr. Shuttleworth, with all respect, that I cannot join him in any support of the Harmony initiative.

I surely don't support it anymore than he does and agree that as far as I can tell, Harmony has much more potential to do damage than good in the world of Free Software. But let's see how the discussion goes at the Desktop Summit Panel on Copyright Assignment, who knows, Mark might convince us...

Edit: read this blog by Bradley Kuhn if you want to know why Harmony is harmful... Long but good.


  1. And this article "OpenOffice: Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride" http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20110715100923322
    suggests a close corporate embrace actually stifles FOSS projects. I'm sure anyone who's been around a while can think of examples.

  2. And also please read this post by Allison Randal: http://allisonrandal.com/2011/07/16/harmony-1-0-reflections/

  3. And my replies to that post by Allison. What she wrote feels a lot like hand waving to me...


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