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Re: disturbing Bitkeeper threats

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2005-10-12 03:18:01 CEST

On Tue, Oct 11, 2005 at 08:04:50PM -0500, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> I just found this post on a friend's blog:
> http://www.serpentine.com/blog/software/mercurial/bye-for-now.html
> The poster (Bryan O'Sullivan) is a key Mercurial developer, and
> apparently Larry McVoy has persuaded him to stop working on Mercurial
> -- on moral grounds, perhaps? -- because he uses Bitkeeper
> commercially at his job. I'm rather amazed that he agrees with Larry.
> I'm not sure what to think. Years ago, Larry changed the 'free beer'
> BK license to prevent a Subversion developer from using BK. But in
> this case, Larry has no legal ground to stand on.

Well, Larry can revoke a business's license to use BitKeeper. That is
probably what happened in this case. The employer then needs to choose
to forget using BitKeeper, lose the employee causing the problem with
BitMover, Inc, or ask the employee to stop causing the problem.

So Bryan might not agree with Larry. He might simply want to keep his
job, if BitKeeper is important enough to his employer. It could also
be that the phrase "as long as I continue to use the commerical
version of BitKeeper" is key in Bryan's post. Could be that his
employer is now working on moving off BitKeeper :-)


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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