BitKeeper license critic

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Thu Mar 7 20:33:58 UTC 2002

On Thu, Mar 07, 2002 at 08:33:35PM +0100, Joerg Schilling wrote:
> >From: Jeroen Dekkers <jeroen at>
> >> > will be a second source for free access.
> >>=20
> >> Until that time, there is no way to access it for free.
> >Depends on the meaning of free. It's already free as in free beer. But
> >it certainly isn't free as in free speech and that really sucks. I
> >can't convert the text to texinfo and makes a Debian package of
> >it. I've wished a lot of times I could read POSIX with just the info
> >system. I don't see it becoming libre in the near future. :(
> I see no reason who one would read it with a system that just sucks.

I don't see a reason to say something stupid like that. This is truely
an opinion and if you want to convince anyone you should base your
argumentation on facts. Saying things like that is just begging to get
flamed, you should not do that on a mailinglist.

Whether texinfo and/or debian sucks is offtopic on this list and I
just gave an example why standards should be free. I think you know
what other things you probably could do with alternative things which
are better in your opinion. If you don't agree that standards should
be free, I had recently a discussion about this subject, read
and the followups if you are interested.

If you want to flame me with offtopic things just do it in private
mail so the list shouldn't bother. If you want tell your opinion don't
hestitate to do that but please don't provoke flames if it isn't

Jeroen Dekkers
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IRC: jeroen at openprojects
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