BitKeeper licence critic

Joerg Schilling schilling at
Sun Mar 10 18:47:21 UTC 2002

>From: MJ Ray <markj at>

>Joerg Schilling <schilling at> wrote:
>> It seems that here are even people who refuse to read the POSIX
>> standard because it may become non-free in the future.

>I believe that you are referring to me and I refuse to read the POSIX
>standard while they reserve the right to charge me in the future for having
>done so.  If that is not the case, they should fix their wording.  Simple
>point which I hope you can comprehend.

Well English is you mother tongue, why then do you mix the past with the future?

        4.The Open Group reserves the right to charge for HTML/PDF  versions of 
its publications in the future. 

Again: Open group is making the SUSV2 standard available for free since 1999.
SUSV3 is available on-line for at least 2 months.

Your habbit is like you are not interested in free standards and if at all
only want to receive ...

If you would have registered to Open Group before and contributed your
knowledge and work you would even have a PDF version of the standard.

>If you are referring to SCCS, it appears that aegis is capable of using that
>format for the changes, but you decline to comment on that point so far.

>On the other hand, is a standard defined after GNU started by a group that
>did not include GNU something to aim for?

SCCS has been available since ~ 1975 RCS has been written mch later.

>> If people always use free software even if it is non-standard, then
>> we end up in a wold similar to the M$ world and the only advantage
>> is that we don't have to pay.

>Rubbish.   There is no such thing as a closed file format with free
>software, as it is always possible to adapt the reader code from the
>original program.  In most cases, the file formats are clearly and
>explicitly documented anyway.

So please do this for either CVS or SCCS and let us talk again after 
you are done.


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