Subject: Fork-prevention in the GPL
From: Bruce Perens <bruce@perens.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 22:52:11 -0700

David Dillard wrote:

>>So a license that enables and allows forking is good?
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>I would say yes.  In fact, I'd say that the OSD, in effect, mandates
>that it be possible.
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Correct.

>>I thought that was the whole point of the GPL, to prevent forking
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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.

Thanks

Bruce