[linux-elitists] Fwd: Bitkeeper outragem, old and new

David L. Sifry david@sifry.com
Sun Oct 13 18:02:28 PDT 2002

BTW, I have doubts about the authenticity of that message - RMS would
never send out a message, let alone a missive like this one, while
referring to the operating system as "Linux".  He'd call it

Which doesn't take away from the rhetorical power of the argument or the
arguer, just serves to muddy the waters...


On Sun, 2002-10-13 at 15:54, Sean Neakums wrote:
> I can't see Linux developers abandoning BK any time soon.  I believe
> the licensing would have to directly affect kernel development in some
> fashion before that would happen.  Ideological arguments tend not to
> cut much ice with many of those folks.
> -------------------- Start of forwarded message --------------------
> From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
> To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Bitkeeper outragem, old and new
> Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 18:48:22 -0400
> The new restrictions on Bitkeeper, saying that people who contribute
> to CVS or Subversion and even companies that distribute them cannot
> even run Bitkeeper, have sparked outrage.  While these specific
> restrictions are new, their spirit fits perfectly with the previous
> Bitkeeper license.
> The spirit of the Bitkeeper license is the spirit of the whip hand.
> It is the spirit that says, "You have no right to use Bitkeeper, only
> temporary privileges that we can revoke.  Be grateful that we allow
> you to use Bitkeeper.  Be grateful, and don't do anything we dislike,
> or we may revoke those privileges."  It is the spirit of proprietary
> software.  Every non-free license is designed to control the users
> more or less.  Outrage at this spirit is the reason for the free
> software movement.  (By contrast, the open source movement prefers to
> play down this same outrage.)
> If the latest outrage brings the spirit of the non-free Bitkeeper
> license into clear view, perhaps that will be enough to convince the
> developers of Linux to stop using Bitkeeper for Linux development.
> -
> To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
> the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
> More majordomo info at  http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
> Please read the FAQ at  http://www.tux.org/lkml/
> -------------------- End of forwarded message --------------------
> -- 
>  /                          |
> [|] Sean Neakums            |  Questions are a burden to others;
> [|] <sneakums@zork.net>     |      answers a prison for oneself.
>  \                          |
> _______________________________________________
> linux-elitists 
> http://zgp.org/mailman/listinfo/linux-elitists
David L. Sifry
GPG Key: http://www.sifry.com/david/key.html
Key Fingerprint: 7E60 4EDE EB5F AA2D 2F25  8CD3 FE17 C4F8 BDE8 D1B0

More information about the linux-elitists mailing list