The BitKeeper non-compete clause
Posted Oct 10, 2002 1:58 UTC (Thu) by lordsutch
Parent article: The BitKeeper non-compete clause
I think this episode underlines the need for a truly free SCM system that Linus is comfortable with using. The developers of arch, Subversion and other advanced SCM systems need support to make that happen.
While I respect that Larry has a business to run, and perhaps even agree that GPL-licensed software is hardly a fountain of innovation, as opposed to duplication, he's the one who chose to build up his business by portraying himself as a friend of free software, as embodied in the Linux kernel. He shouldn't be surprised that when he publicly goes after important members of the developer community (BenC is not only a 1394 developer and Subversion hacker; he's a former Debian Project Leader too) it's gonna get him bad publicity.
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