Linus on the BK withdrawal
Posted Apr 7, 2005 14:29 UTC (Thu) by jarto
In reply to: Linus on the BK withdrawal
Parent article: Linus on the BK withdrawal
No-one's suggesting he should help. But once he's made his opinion clear that he's not going to help, and that he'll be as obstructive as possible (no licenses sold to people working on SCM), he should stop pretending to be the good guy.
You're suggesting that the only way someone can be a good guy is by letting themselves be a**fu*ked. Look at it from his point of view:
1. You spend a lot of resources to create an excellent piece of software.
2. You let Open Source people use it for free to create Open Source software. Especially the Linux kernel.
3. Some people in the OS community want to reverse engineer it and create a competing free version.
4. You try to solve the problem with the license.
5. You notice that someone working for OSDL is doing reverse engineering.
6. You ask OSDL to stop it.
7. OSDL doesn't want to or can't stop the person.
Should you let those people you've helped for free walk all over you and jeopardize the future of your company?
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