Samba needs support
Posted Apr 27, 2005 4:22 UTC (Wed) by xoddam
In reply to: Eben Moglen's linux.conf.au keynote
Parent article: Eben Moglen's linux.conf.au keynote
Sorry -- I was trying to have a dig at Linus Torvalds (lead Linux kernel
developer), who has been lambasting Andrew Tridgell (lead Samba
developer) for messing up the BitKeeper arrangement by exercising his
right to reverse-engineer wire protocols.
For some lame reason I thought my post might look better if I didn't name
the protagonists I was referring to, just as Moglen refers to 'the
monopoly' without naming a particular large proprietary software company.
Silly of me.
The point remains, that trying to interoperate with widely used software
(in whatever domain; if you're looking at distributed source code
development then BK is widely used) is a legitimate pursuit which is
threatened, if not by copyright and silly EULAs then by patents.
Free software users need free software which interoperates with
proprietary software. More to the point, we must stand behind the right
of people to do what it takes to develop such free software.
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