Fork-prevention in the GPL
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Thu Apr 21 12:13:54 UTC 2005
Bruce Perens wrote:
> David Dillard wrote:
>>>So a license that enables and allows forking is good?
>>I would say yes. In fact, I'd say that the OSD, in effect, mandates
>>that it be possible.
>>>I thought that was the whole point of the GPL, to prevent forking
> The GPL makes forks extremely easy to heal, becuase the only agreement
> necessary to merge forks together is the GPL itself. This was useful,
> for example, when the Linux fork of LIBC was merged back into the GNU LIBC.
I have written a short paper arguing that forking is a good thing (basically because the costs of forking mean that it will only tend to occur for a good reason). This paper has been criticised for overplaying the role of the GPL in the development of Linux:
The Forkin' Fallacy
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