The case of the unwelcome attribution
Posted Sep 20, 2007 21:56 UTC (Thu) by moxfyre
Parent article: The case of the unwelcome attribution
Thank you, Jonathan, for this excellent article!
It seems to me to be one of the most bizarre disputes ever in the free software community. A practice long considered to be legally acceptable (relicensing BSD code as GPL) is called into question, after a brief and quickly corrected mis-attribution mistake... and from there escalates into a full-scale FLAMEWAR.
As far as I can tell, Theo and the OpenBSD folks are the ones pouring most of the gasoline on this particular fire. Frankly, I don't understand how people who produce such excellent software can waste their time on this stuff.
Maybe after this is all over, you can write up a "Lessons learned" type article? Then again, this dispute is almost worth it for the entertainment value alone :-) Though I am sure the loss of developer time and cooperation is considerable...
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