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(for the record, icculus.org was not so much an open-source incubator as an ego-stroke site when I worked for Loki. --Ed.)
11 April, 2002 In the past, I've been accused of acting in a fanatical manner, much like one Richard Stallman, yet not possessing any of Mr. Stallman's redeeming qualities. I'm not entirely sure which "redeeming qualities" were in question, but I assume my accusor was referring to the progress that our beloved "RMS" and his followers have made with respect to software distribution. Stallman's GNU Foundation has made significant strides in its goal to make all software "Free Software", where "free" is defined as "under the GNU Public License", not free of charge. While a direct comparison to Mr. Stallman is flattering in some respects, I feel that I do not live up to such a standard. My convictions regarding software and operating systems waver occasionally, and my standpoints on various issues change from day to day as relevant arguments make their way to me for the first time. It is apparent to me that I need to change, and starting with this .plan update, change is exactly what I shall do. I have determined that for me to become a person of deep convictions, as Richard Stallman is, I will have to find one belief that will allow no wavering in my committment to it. I need a belief that I can stand by so firmly that others will be drawn towards it. It is my hope that my enthusiasm about the area in question will draw others to my side as they start to see my point of view. In this manner, progress is made. After a long and exhausting search for just the right issue, I am pleased to announce that I have found it. When the greatly-loved game porting house Loki Software declared bankruptcy, a soft but consistent cry went up among gaming enthusiasts that do not run common operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Apple's OSX on their computers. These gaming enthusiasts were disheartened by the loss of Loki, because for them it meant that not many more games would be converted to run on their operating system of choice. These fans were lost without a leader. They needed a place to turn that could instill in them new hope that someday the games would return. They chose to turn to a website known as icculus.org. Icculus.org is named after Ryan "Icculus" Gordon, who in turn was named after a song by a band called Phish. Ryan was an employee at the aforementioned Loki Software during the company's heyday. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Ryan left Loki Software and returned to his home in Pennsylvania, where he quickly turned icculus.org into a haven for computer gaming enthusiasts and their software projects. As Loki Software diminished, icculus.org flourished. To this day, icculus.org remains a beacon of hope to the masses left by Loki to grasp for any small scraps they can find. Still, I have noticed a grave problem with icculus.org's newfound fame. It is this problem that leads me to my deep conviction, and it is this problem that I will dedicate my life to solving. The problem is this: icculus.org is named improperly. You see, when icculus.org started, it was run on machines owned by Loki Software. It was Loki Software that gave Mr. Gordon a desire to help the masses clamoring for games that run on their alternate operating systems. Without Loki Software, icculus.org's popularity would not exist. One could rightly state that Loki was and is an integral part of icculus.org. With this in mind, we must conclude that "icculus.org" is not the correct name for the site in question. We must begin to refer to it as "Loki/icculus.org". I cannot stress the importance of this change. To show how firmly I believe this, I will not attend any conferences that incorrectly refer to Loki/icculus.org as icculus.org. I will not read any website, monitor any forum, nor reply to any emails that make this mistake. Should I be asked to speak at an event, I will ensure that they correctly spell Loki/icculus.org before I accept the invitation. It is my hope that with this crusade, I can live up to the reputation I have gained as an imitator of Richard Stallman. With your help, perhaps my words here will influence the world much like Richard Stallman's actions have. Only time will tell.
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