The BitKeeper episode
Posted Feb 1, 2008 1:46 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Ten-year timeline part 4: the end and the beginning
Parent article: Ten-year timeline part 4: the end and the beginning
It's easy to get the wrong idea about the Bitkeeper story in retrospect and believe it was an I-told-you-so event. Actually, I remember Linus countering some of the anti-Bitkeeper argument in the beginning by saying, "Worst case, it gets taken away from us and I go back to what I'm doing now or write a replacement." The outcome was planned for.
The real opposition to Bitkeeper wasn't the practical concern of the license being withdrawn, but the political statement of the quintessential open source project endorsing closed source software.
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