GNU sed 4.2.2 released, Maintainer Paolo Bonzini resigns
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With the release of GNU sed version 4.2.2, the maintainer Paolo Bonzini has resigned from his post. He has been the maintainer of GNU sed project for past eight years. Also, for past three years he was maintaining the GNU grep project. In this latest development, he has announced his resignation from both the projects following a controversy over the control of the name and code base of gnuTLS project.
In his announcement, Paolo said :
I am less pleased to announce that I am resigning from maintenance of GNU sed (after 8 years) as well as GNU grep (after 3). I have also given up commit access to Autoconf, Automake, Libtool, gnulib, libsigsegv and Bison.The gnuTLS controversy as described in an article on h-online :
Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, one of the two maintainers of the GnuTLS library, had announced his desire to continue the development of his software outside of the GNU Project. The statement elicited a response from Richard Stallman, the leader of the GNU Project, saying that this would not be possible due to the fact that all copyrights in GnuTLS were assigned to the FSF and that therefore, the name and current code base was under the control of the GNU Project. While Mavrogiannopoulos is free to fork the code, Stallman expressed the opinion that a fork would have to change its name as a result, though currently the code is now available on new infrastructure with the same name.
Meanwhile , Paolo Bonzini also seemed to be upset with the slow decision making process and out dated coding standards of GNU project. He also criticized the free software foundation for it's lack of support for high priority projects. He provided the following three points to justify this decision :
Though Paolo Bonzini did not resign the commit access for GCC and GNU smalltalk but his decision to quit other projects is definitely not a good news for GNU and the open source community.