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Re: collab.net support

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2002-12-16 18:22:09 CET

Robert W Anderson <rwa@alumni.princeton.edu> writes:

> I am interested in understanding why collab.net is supporting the
> development of subversion. The FAQ only addresses who "owns" the
> code. What I'd like to understand is: What is the vested interest in
> subversion of collab.net?

CollabNet was the initial starter/funder of the project, and still
is. It's paid the salaries of three full-time coders for 2.5 years to
design and write Subversion. It's "vested interest" is that it wants
a CVS replacement... because it sells SourceCast, and it wants
SourceCast to be a better product.

But that doesn't mean the project, or source, is any less Free. The
Apache-esque license allows you to do whatever you want: change it,
fork it, etc. Because Subversion has been developed openly, it has a
large community of developers around it, just like with any open
source project. Collabnet just happens to be the only company
paying people to work on it. (And the paid folk are far outnumbered
by the volunteers.)

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Received on Mon Dec 16 18:24:28 2002

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