KernelTrap.org: SCM, Software Licensing, Petitions...
Mar 08, 2002, 15:24 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Linus' earlier decision to test the BitKeeper source
management tool with the 2.5 kernel tree has continued to create
wakes of dissent. One group went so far as to start a petition
against the usage of the tool, saying "We, the undersigned members
and officers of the Open Source Club at the Ohio State University,
are unhappy with the advocacy of the proprietary BitKeeper
software for use in maintaining the Linux kernel." Details on the
BitKeeper licenses that so many are opposed to can be found here.
The posting of this petition led to a frenzy of replies, in a
thread that continues to grow. Many pointed out that the time spent
protesting this tool could be much more productively invested into
writing an open source alternative of at least equal caliber. All
seem to agree that such an alternative does not currently
Towards the end of the many samples from this thread that follow
is a reply from Linus, making it clear that he is content using BK
himself, but will in no way force it upon anyone else. In his
email, he says, " And I personally refuse to use inferior tools
because of ideology. In fact, I will go as far as saying that
making excuses for bad tools due to ideology is _stupid_, and
people who do that think with their gonads, not their brains."