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The git tree is the source code

The git tree is the source code

Posted Nov 10, 2012 19:51 UTC (Sat) by donbarry (guest, #10485)
In reply to: The git tree is the source code by khim
Parent article: Introducing RedPatch (Ksplice Blog)

The "preferred form for modifying the work" has changed with time as the state of the art has developed. In the 1980s and 1990s, there was sccs, rcs, and eventually cvs. Most development was done by small teams, and the growth of larger free software communities, and a social environment accompanied by effective source management tools to support that social environment -- was in the future. Did the FSF lag behind some other organizations in moving to these tools? Yes and no. Though some of their projects, which are often quite "loosely" within the FSF umbrella, moved faster than others, the FSF also promoted early DVCS efforts like GNU Arch, and made sure that alternatives to the early proprietary social programming sites like sourceforge (which was briefly free software) were available.

We owe them our gratitude. Remember that their resources are often orders of magnitude less than that of even the free software companies.

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The git tree is the source code

Posted Nov 15, 2012 13:36 UTC (Thu) by vonbrand (guest, #4458) [Link]

I can get Linus' kernel source as a tarball, unpack it and make a git repo for my own use, and thus have a set up that makes my development more productive. I might even throw in some other, closed source tools for my own pleasure. That doesn't mean anybody is entitled to said tools results. What GPL demands is the source code to study and modify, not random gossip on who wrote what line and changed what else. The same way it doesn't require anybody to ship the editor, compiler and whatnot the developers require for their work.

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