|| ||"Bradley M. Kuhn" <bkuhn-AT-ebb.org> |
|| ||busybox-AT-busybox.net |
|| ||Re: Amusing article about busybox |
|| ||Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:47:45 -0500|
|| ||Article, Thread
I had a long meeting with Tim Bird of Sony at Embedded Linux Conference
last week. While I think Tim will probably continue to give his
personal support the ToyBox project (note: Sony has *not* given its
support to ToyBox -- that was reported incorrectly), it was clear that
much of Tim's worries about Conservancy's enforcement efforts were based
on rumors spread by a few people and those rumors weren't accurate. I
was able to give Tim an accurate story.
Tim indicated to me that most of the requests that Conservancy makes in
GPL enforcement efforts are reasonable, now that he has heard the "real
story" of how Conservancy does enforcement. There was a minor thing
that concerned him, but I believe we were able to work out that issue in
our discussion; I'm happy to tell anyone off list about the details of
that if anyone is interested (just email me privately).
From my point of view, my discussion with Tim settles settles the
matter. Tim got some incorrect information about BusyBox enforcement
efforts, and that's what led him to feel he needed to support a BusyBox
replacement initially. Tim seems to be in completely reasonable about
the whole thing now that he's talked directly with me about the actual
GPL enforcement efforts by Conservancy for BusyBox.
I wish the ToyBox project the best: it's always a good thing when
someone writes new Free Software under any license, and BusyBox
shouldn't be afraid of healthy competition. As Rob pointed out, his
decision to relicense ToyBox from GPL to BSD was his own, and he has
every right to license the project the way that he sees fit.
The LWN article called this whole situation a "Tempest in ToyBox",
referencing the saying, a "Tempest in a Teapot". Having been through
the whole situation to the end, I think that was an accurate title.
Bradley M. Kuhn, Executive Director, Software Freedom Conservancy
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