The kernel and BitKeeper part ways
Posted Apr 7, 2005 6:33 UTC (Thu) by massimiliano
In reply to: The kernel and BitKeeper part ways
Parent article: The kernel and BitKeeper part ways
Um, excuse me, but I simply refuse to allow good people to be called "bad apples" because they refuse to use closed-source software.
Well, IANLMcV, but IMHO he called "bad apples" those who instead of
refusing to use the software, decided to break the license.
Now, I know "bad apple" sounds like name calling, but how would you
define a community member that breaks a license?
The history of the BitKeeper "free" license is impressive: from almost
OSI approved (source code provided, you must just keep the logging
feature), to closed binary, to "don't work against us"... every change
was the answer to somebody that didn't respect the previous license
So I really think that if nobody had broken the license[s],
we would not be at this point now. And the whole community could
still benefit from a "mostly free" BitKeeper (remember, the 1st
license was almost OSI approved, you really had all the code!).
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