[LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

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[LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by Hamtaro126 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:05 pm

So there was this odd licence called "Gnomovision", I tried looking it up, but to no avail in any search engine even DuckDuckGo and Wikipedia... Is it possible it's a new malware warning? (i.e.: Potentally Unwanted Program/Modifications) or is it safe!!!
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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by aa-dav » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:44 pm

There is gamedev russian meme "Gnome" which was born here: http://www.gamedev.ru/art/forum/?id=5592
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Unexperienced novice published one of his first creations in 3D-modeling software: "Dwarf/Gnome".
It was so honest that a lot of photoshoppss quickly came in and fix it as "local meme".
Latest posts, for example:
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I think it's just joke of this.

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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by Hamtaro126 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:06 pm

So if it is a joke, then I dunno what is!

Well if it kills my computer, These naughty russians will be the ones paying the price!!!

I need a definate answer. Is it a virus/malware... Yes or no?
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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by aa-dav » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:29 pm

Hamtaro126 wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:06 pm
I need a definate answer. Is it a virus/malware... Yes or no?
How can we rule it out if you doesn't even give link to whatever you are speaking about?
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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by Hamtaro126 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:43 pm

aa-dav wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:29 pm
How can we rule it out if you doesn't even give link to whatever you are speaking about?
Every signle fortune-tellers I know are on vacations now.
Here is what I mean, The license is HERE:
Gnomovision version 69, Copyright (C) year name of author
Gnomovision comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `show w'.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `show c' for details.
......
Yoyodyne, Inc., hereby disclaims all copyright interest in the program
`Gnomovision' (which makes passes at compilers) written by James Hacker
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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by aa-dav » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:50 pm

Hamtaro126 wrote:
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:43 pm
Yoyodyne, Inc., hereby disclaims all copyright interest in the program
`Gnomovision' (which makes passes at compilers) written by James Hacker
It's included in VLC Player!!!
I suppose it's just a joke which goes undetected somehow.
I doubt what VLC contains some virus/trojan or something like that.

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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by Hamtaro126 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:58 pm

It's not just VLC Player, There is appearently a few more going around with that licence. just a rare joke affecting me I suppose, Sorry.

I'm done here, Please close.
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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by aa-dav » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:05 pm

But it is good question to VLC team (and others).
Why and when.

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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by lidnariq » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:15 pm

"No one reads software licenses, not even the people who made my router it seems"

Gnomovision and Yoyodyne are supposed to be things that are both obvious and easy to replace, and yet ... people seem to not.

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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by tepples » Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:31 am

Programming language examples use foo, bar, and baz as metasyntactic variables. (Learn more about these in Jargon File or Wikipedia.)

The GNU General Public License (GPL) has a section about how to display a copyright notice in GPL programs to make users aware of their rights under the license. GPL version 2 used "Gnomovision" as the example of a program being made to display a notice. The viability of "Gnomovision" as a metasyntactic variable decreased when the GNOME project released a TV viewing application by the same name, and the "how to use" guidance accompanying version 3 uses "Woodpecker" for the same purpose.

I seem to remember having done the same with "Wrecking Ball Boy" in the Action 53 multicart menu's documentation.

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Re: [LICENCE] What in the freak is Gnomovision

Post by aa-dav » Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:40 am

tepples wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:31 am
used "Gnomovision" as the example of a program being made to display a notice. The viability of "Gnomovision" as a metasyntactic variable decreased when the GNOME project released
Haha!
So this is real GNOME :)
And this is not joke, but just carelessness...
Interesting...
I'm sorry for misleading about "russian roots". Em...

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