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Upside: Fork gets Samba back in tune

Oct 25, 2000, 12:21 (13 Talkback[s])

"...So what lessons can the open source community learn from the Samba-TNG episode? Allison sees it as a reminder that forking can and should be a healthy part of the open source development process. Contrary to the proprietary Unix programs of 1980s, both offshoots of the Samba source code tree remain under the same GNU General Public License. As a result, both programs remain open to both other Samba developers and the test of the development community."

"If this had been a proprietary project -- if this had been Samba Corp., for example -- Luke would have left, and that would have been it," Allison says. "He would have never been able to use any of the code he'd been working on, and we would never have had the ability to look at and take advantage of his continued development work."

"Instead, both projects are now in a position to communicate without butting heads. Looking to the future, Allison says he's encouraged by the changes already brought on by the forking process."

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