And what about the non-free licenses?
Posted Oct 10, 2002 13:27 UTC (Thu) by emk
Parent article: The BitKeeper non-compete clause
Does Larry allow developers of version control software to use BitKeeper under his proprietary license, without severe price discrimintation? If not, his attempts to penalize kernel contributors who work on version control software is fairly sketchy.
I'm surprised LWN took such a soft position on this license. I know that I'd get grumpy if any of my development tool vendors (free or proprietary) started taking an interest in what kind of software I was writing. Microsoft's done this a few times, and the Linux community has soundly condemned them each time.
Larry keeps changing his licensing terms after many users have become committed to his system, and his licensing terms place unusual and difficult burdens on some of his users. That's not nice.
One point to Richard Stallman, for predicting trouble. I'll be looking into Aegis.
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