Again, forking is not deciding
Posted Oct 2, 2006 13:19 UTC (Mon) by man_ls
In reply to: Linux follows an open decision process, and you can fork it if you dont like it
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
Ok, I will reply here then. So you think the decision process is open because fear of forking keeps Torvalds honest. Or even because people can keep separate branches; somehow separate branches (or even forks) make the decision process open. Even though only Linus Torvalds gets to decide what goes into the official kernel.
To me that is like saying that "this basketball game is open because I get to decide who plays here; and if you don't like it there are plenty of basketball courts. It is open because if you didn't like my decisions, you might go and play somewhere else."
I disagree. Keeping Torvalds honest and sharp is a consequence of Linux being free software; you made an accurate description not of an open decision process, but of an open development process. One person gets to make the decisions nevertheless, like it or not. Might be a fine point, but it is the one discussed here.
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