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

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Sun Oct 20 19:28:10 PDT 2002

on Thu, Oct 17, 2002, Aaron T Porter (atporter@primate.net) wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 08:51:31AM -0400, Mister Bad wrote:
> > Tom had financial problems and couldn't keep developing arch. SO, he
> > kind of expanded the development to be more "arch-y" in the first
> > place: a star topography of multiple repositories sharing code.
> > 
> >     JM> Does this mean Tom Lord is no longer involved?  I'm curious as
> >     JM> to what happened.  I know that for a while Tom was trying some
> >     JM> donation/sponsorship program to help pay for development.
> > 
> > It didn't work. Or, at least, it hasn't so far.
> Seems to lend some support to Larry's claim that you can't make a
> living selling support for a developing GPL'd SCM system.

Having seen (far too much of...) Tom's lamenting and efforts to pimp
arch on other lists, I have to suspect that the business acumen was
likely lacking in this case.  This regardless of arch's benefits.  Pity,
as the BK fiasco IMO renders Larry's community goodwill nil.


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