It's only going to get worse
Posted Oct 10, 2002 4:53 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens
In reply to: The BitKeeper non-compete clause
Parent article: The BitKeeper non-compete clause
Sorry if this ends up a duplicate. My original posting on this topic seems to have gotten lost.
Don't think the situation will remain the same. Larry's business barely makes payroll. He's not getting more investment. He knows that it would take a very little push to get him to the point that he can't make payroll. Subversion is going to give that push. Especially since anger is a great motivator in the free software community, and now there are a lot of angry people who want subversion to do just that. What Larry is doing with the pernicious license terms is attempting to hold off the inevitable for a little longer. But Bitmover will be sold or will have a new investor who changes the management. The best scenario is that the new investor is "one of us" and takes the thing free. But that's not the likely scenario - the likely one is that we lose the current free beer rights. We'd better make sure that subversion is ready for Linus (or whoever) to use, because a day will dawn when we suddenly need it.
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