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Update to GNU Project Bleeding into Microsoft

By Thomas Grzybowski and Editor

At the end of June we published an article that has been viewed over 25,000 times since. After more research has brought additional information to light, some clarification to the previous information may be in order. The earlier article stated about:



https://gnu.org/software/macchanger https://gnu.org/software/jwhois https://gnu.org/software/fribidi https://gnu.org/software/httptunnel https://gnu.org/software/which/ https://gnu.org/software/guile-dbi

That "[i]nterestingly, most of these redirections seem to have made fairly recently, not long after Richard Stallman was ousted."

This should now be restated: "Timings of redirection can be difficult to trace, as they can go through changes. A couple of these redirections seem to have occurred recently, since June 4, 2018, with others having been in place earlier. In any case, the existence of the redirections to GitHub and the participation of these projects in GitHub has continued unaddressed over time. It is also worth noting that “redirection from GNU” is distinct in meaning from having a significant presence on GitHub. An additional number of GNU projects have presense on GitHub. GNU “less” for instance, now redirects to http://www.greenwoodsoftware.com/less/ , although it is unclear when this first took place; and note that “gnu less” is also active in a repository on GitHub."

Accuracy matters and some have pointed out that the projects were in GitHub even before Stallman was being pushed out. But that's another matter altogether; we all along focused on the redirects themselves.

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