Posted Sep 20, 2007 20:59 UTC (Thu) by amikins
In reply to: The license?
Parent article: The case of the unwelcome attribution
Actually, I think it's the other way around. Linux forks all the time, and vastly more often than BSD forks. People branch off and do their own development on independent trees that may or may not track mainline at all. Frequently they mostly do, but contain some combination of patches that haven't made it to Linus yet. The trick is, this is a good thing, and intentional. The danger is not, and has never been forking..
It's the ease with which you can merge forks later, and that's the real strength of the Linux kernel development community. All of these forks of the kernel, and then the result gets filtered into the 'mainline' tree and released by Linus. It's the natural way for open source development to work, it's just been more clearly embraced by the development process. You can see this reflected in GIT's design.
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