The BitKeeper non-compete clause
Posted Oct 10, 2002 6:50 UTC (Thu) by alan
In reply to: The BitKeeper non-compete clause
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From the link you gave, Linus was not encouraging BK's use at all. In fact he mentioned that the ACPI team was trying to use it and didn't quite get it right, ( and says that the ALSA patch was even more difficult to deal with).
He seems to be concerned about technical excellence, not licensing issues.
That's fine with me.
As for the price of licensing, I once sat down with Oracle in a series of meetings and asked for a price quote. I got $800,000 quoted for the project I was working on. My coworkers and I sat down and reviewed everything in detail, and when we were finished, the quote was $200,000. I can understand why Larry wouldn't like his prices spread about. Every negotiation is a consists of haggling out a deal. Posting his numbers will just scare off potential customers that he may be able to give discounts to in exchange for the probable future customers.
Fyodor, thank you for your work on nmap. It is unquestionably the best.
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