Ethan Blanton elb at
Wed Mar 21 23:05:15 EDT 2007

Stu Tomlinson spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I don't like the cabal name in this mailing list.

I don't mind it at all, I think it serves as a warning.

> Could we please have devel at, in which we discuss issues
> relating to the development of this IM client that we can readily open
> up later on.

This, I completely agree with -- much of the traffic on this list is
*not* related to the pending settlement or other legal issues which
must be hush-hush, other than that the pidgin name and changeover are
not yet public.

> I also like(d) the open development we have (had) with Gaim and #gaim on
> - would it be premature to suggest #pidgin for a place
> for real time interaction on development issues (presumably a "secret"
> channel for now)?
> Apologies for not being as active as I have been in the past, but I feel
> it's almost a closed-source not open-source project at the moment and I
> have enough of that in my "day job".

It is of course your perogative to view this as you like, but I don't
think this is a fair characterization.  I agree that this has gone on
for *far* too long, but I do not believe that _anyone_ on this list
has any intention or desire for this development process to be closed.
Legal prudence has forced us into this situation, and the end is in

I think that a #pidgin channel is a good idea.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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