BitKeeper licence critic

Joerg Schilling schilling at
Thu Mar 7 19:59:08 UTC 2002

>From: Bernhard Reiter <bernhard at>

>Then there there is a clause for termination when you=20
>create too much support costs. Thus if you report too many grave bugs,
>you might end up with a terminated license for bitkeeper.

>Do you think this is a reasonable license to accept?

It looks like you project your habbit to Larry.

Did you ever talk to him?

If you and other people don't insult him, the  probability that he will 
terminate the current license will be not higher than the probability
that FSF diminish the right in the GPL.

Larry started in 1997 and spend more than 2 years unemployed and living
only from his savings and working full time on BK.

As he is living from income he receives from his work, I can understand
his decision.

If FSF would have given him the money for living, I am sure that BK
would be under GPL now.

We at are still trying to find a way to get the money to
keep berlios running. People the service but every idea we have to 
finance Berlios is either unethical, considered competition by people
I don't like to name or has ho hope.

If you clain freedom for everything in the IT world, you are counter
productive in many cases. Please try to better think about the result
of certain actions. Claiming for freedom is a good idea, but it should
be done where it helps and not where the result of the actions is 
less freedom.


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