Posted Sep 12, 2012 14:01 UTC (Wed) by corbet
Parent article: Bazaar on the slow track
Pretty amusing to think that I forgot totally about this moment in history while writing the article:
A few years ago the core Mercurial and Bzr developers met in London for
a weekend to compare notes and came to a tentative agreement that
merging the two projects would be a good idea. This idea was very
quickly torpedoed by Mark Shuttleworth's insistence that whatever
project resulted would have to have copyright held by Canonical. The
stated reason was allowing proprietary feature extensions as part of
their Launchpad strategy.
I wrote Mercurial to be Free with a capital 'F' as a reaction to the
object lesson of Bitkeeper. So entrusting my work to an organization
that had plans to embrace and extend it was just not going to happen.
— Matt Mackall
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