(yes, another entry today, yeesh!)
Nathan Willis complains about people complaining when other people take their work they are releasing under open licenses and runs off with it. in particular, the oxygen icons.
here's what Nathan skips over: open doesn't mean "no respect". open doesn't mean "no responsibility". when someone releases something openly, we have a huge amount of thanks to pay those people. when they make a simple request, such as, "wait until we're done, please" it begs a person to stop and say, "ok, i'll wait".
of course you don't have to. everyone is free to be as uncooperative and anti-social as they wish. and that's what this comes down to: anti-social behaviour.
this was not about "closing the process", as Nathan claimed: oxygen is developed in the open, in an open repository, under open licenses and people from all over contribute. that's hardly closing anything.
in particular, note that David never complained about the illegality of this theme pack. in fact, he cheered the idea of the icons and ideas from oxygen spreading. in a word, Nathan completely misrepresented what David said. i don't like it when people do that to my friends, and neither should you.
moreover, what David did say was that the theme package is not representative of Oxygen: it's a mish mash of icons and other accidents, and that this is exactly why they are asking for people to hold off on releasing packages around it.
it's no different than a software project asking linux distros not to package their software for default installation because it's still alpha quality. yes, distros can do that, and yes the project has the right to feel slighted for the bad reputation it may gain them.
if we want our efforts, all of our efforts, to succeed ... once in a while we have to respect the judgment calls of others in our community when it comes to their own creations.
Nathan: to you, i'm sorely disappointed in your point of view. i respect your right to have one, i just wish it was a bit more humane and informed.