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NewsForge: How prone is Linux to forking?

Oct 24, 2000, 07:53 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

[ Thanks to Tina Gasperson for this link. ]

"Code forking has been a popular topic of discussion in the Open Source community recently, ever since a renegade team of Samba developers announced it was packing up its tools and forging a new programming path. Code forking happens when an Open Source development team splits up, with each group taking the code and making changes independently of the others. This is exactly what happened with the Samba project earlier in October."

"In case you didn't know, Samba is an Open Source application that enables Linux and Windows NT systems to co-exist on the same network. According to Samba.org, some of the Samba development team was working on a code branch that would provide complete NT functionality."

"They went out on a limb and were "using a architecture that differs considerably from the one that has been established in Samba over the last 10 years of development," according to an open letter published on the Samba Web site and written by Andrew Tridgell, the originator of the core project."

"So the team leaders "encouraged" the renegades to take their side job on the road. They did. The new project is called Samba-TNG, which stands for "The Next Generation."

"Tridgell says he is "delighted" that the split happened, and he looks forward to the innovations that the new team will be able to come up with, now that they are free of the constraints of the more established conservatism of the original Samba team."

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