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KernelTrap: Anonymous Contributions

Dec 13, 2005, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Back in May of 2004 Linux creator Linus Torvalds suggested a simple process for tracking where patches originate from and the path they follow to ultimately be merged into the Linux kernel. The process was deemed necessary to be able to prove that the kernel is an original work, and not borrowed or stolen from copyrighted works. Linus referred to SCO in the earlier email, 'they've apparently made a couple of outlandish claims about where our source code comes from, including claiming to own code that was clearly written by me over a decade ago.' The simple process of signing off on patches has been further refined over the past year and a half..."

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