Proposed DanielMD License for Review.
Ian Lance Taylor
ian at airs.com
Tue Aug 28 23:30:07 UTC 2001
Daniel MD <IM-Thinking at clix.pt> writes:
> > The result is that forking in GPLd projects is rare, and
> > reconcilliation has been known to happen. The Alan Cox (ac) Linux
> > kernel series is a persistant, but narrow, fork of Linus's own
> > development. emacs/xemacs is probably the most significant
> > persistant fork. Many window managers are forks of initial
> > development: twm begat fvwm bgat fvwm2 begat WindowMaker, E, and a
> > slew of others.
> And this is why i don't use most Linux Distributions (RED HAT, SUSE,
> etc...)you get 100 programs that do basically the same thing, almost
> without a distinguishing feature, i consider this neither productive
> or evolutionary positive.
I agree that it is not globally productive, but I think that it is
evolutionarily positive. Neither evolution nor capitalism work by
building upward step by step. Both work by trying many different
possibilities simultaneously, then cross-breeding among them.
A permanent fork can be a bad thing. But many temporary forks, in
which temporary forks merge with each other and the best of the
temporary forks merge back into the mainline, is a good thing. It
opens the doors for more creativity and avoids the risk that a good
idea will be stamped out too early.
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