Differences from GNU
Posted May 24, 2004 1:01 UTC (Mon) by mbp
Parent article: Linus on documenting patch provenance
I think these are the differences to the GNU system:
1. Copyrights are retained by the authors, not assigned to Linus. This has a lot of consequences: Linus is in a less strong position to sue for infringement; on the other hand every other contributor has the option of suing. Noone need worry about Linus suddenly changing the licence. (In any case, trying to change policy on this now would be impractical.)
2. It's done over email, rather than in writing. I guess it's perhaps not quite so strong, but it's certainly a lot easier and faster.
3. It better captures the way patches may move along a chain. Does GNU require an assignment from everyone who submits a bug fix? I think they do in principle, but if I sent a patch directly to a maintainer would they ignore it?
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