Good will doesn't always lead to good results
Posted Apr 6, 2005 21:19 UTC (Wed) by huaz
Parent article: Linus on the BK withdrawal
I've been watching almost every BK flamewar that happened on LKML from the very beginning.
I think Larry is a good guy who wants to help. He surely has also got some free marketing from it, but that's OK. We should welcome a win-win situation. It's only a good thing if BM gets more revenue as Linux gets more productivity. In the end it's what all companies do and how most of us make a living in this world. I am not gratious toward Larry and BM, but I do want to say "thank you" to him and it's a pity that things didn't work out.
I think Larry's biggest problem is that he thought "the open source community" is well disciplined, while in fact, it's a community of turmoil. You certainly can't tell people what to do or what not to do, and one "bad apple" could just ruin the whole thing. So although his position of "we give for free as long as you don't screw us up by using our gift" is very reasonable, it was doomed not to work.
Looking back at it, BK certainly has shed some lights on how a decent SCM should look like. This is the major contribution in my opinion is. We should thank BM for it, and I hope the open-source community would show the effort as well as talent to come up with a really competitive SCM.
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