[CentOS] CentOS Based Linux Firewall Document

pctech at mybellybutton.com pctech at mybellybutton.com
Wed Jun 6 19:37:27 UTC 2007

On 6/6/07, pctech at mybellybutton.com <pctech at mybellybutton.com> wrote:
> > Why don't you ask the Wiki gurus and put it on the CentOS Wiki?
> Yes, I agree whit that. The idea is always the same: beneficing the
> community.
> In this case, put the manual into the wiki would be greater for all
> CentOS users.
> -----------------------------------------------
> Unfortunately, I have had nothing, thus far, but bad experiences with wikis.  
Especially when you begin letting others "mark up" something that you've posted 
there.  At that point, because your name is on it, you "own" all of their 
mistakes.  I'm not saying that the CentOS wiki is like that, just wikis in 

Please don't start this again.  You can view last year's argument
about this here:

PCtech: You are certainly entitled to control your copyrighted
material however you like, but if you look at how the rest of the open
source community handles this type of information, you must be able to
see that the method you are using is not typical.  It's the type of
thing that makes other people uncomfortable.  Again, you are
completely entitled to handle it however you like, but you need to
expect people will consider your method unsavory.


It is VERY typical in the open source community.  Name me ONE open source project that just ANYONE can submit changes to that will go live without some sort of vetting process.  You can't.  Because there are none.  A large percentage of the open source projects don't even accept submissions from people that aren't on the development team.

I don't need to expect anything of the sort.  I don't HAVE to offer this document, or any of the future ones, to people.  I do it because I WANT to.  For the good of the community as it were.  That doesn't mean that I have to give up all of my rights to who can actually change the document that I spent the time to write.  How is the way I am disseminating it ANY less "savory" than posting it on a web site for people to download?  Because I choose e-mail?  It allows ME to control the cost of disseminating the information.  It allows ME to control the alterations to my document.  I've tried disseminating things in a wiki format before.  No thanks.  One letter from a lawyer was quite enough.  I don't know about you, but *I* don't want to have to defend myself against someone for something that I give out for free and wrote, initially, for myself.

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