It'll be interesting indeed...
Posted Mar 5, 2011 16:01 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Commitment to Open ?
Parent article: Commitment to Open (Red Hat News)
There is no good outcome for Red Hat here; either this move pisses off community people and doesn't inconvenience Oracle at all, or it does inconvenience Oracle and they sue.
Wow. Interesting theory we have here. Now, why will they sue? RedHat have not invented this "monolythic-patch-for-everyone, VCS access to selected few" scheme. This distinction belongs to other well-known organization: FSF. For quite a few years GCC, Emacs and other FSF-sponsored programs were developed behind the closed doors and only releases were dumped on FTP. Essentially what the RedHat is doing. To argue that RedHat treats GPL improperly you must argue that FSF treated GPL improperly for years - and this is not so easy to do, believe me.
P.S. It's interesting to note that community was pissed off back then too - but they fixed it introducing EGCS fork which was accepted by everyone, no by using courts to sue FSF.
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