Subject: Re: OSI Approval process
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 13:05:59 -0700

Quoting Chuck Swiger (

> I think that people who make trivial changes to code under any given  
> license should choose to release those changes under the same terms  
> of the original license.
> However, if people make significant changes to code and wish to  
> release the derivative work under another compatible license (as is  
> the case with some of the so-called "GPL'ing of BSD-licensed code"),  
> well, the BSD projects can live with that just as we live with people  
> using BSD code in wholly proprietary projects, but it's not a  
> preferred situation.

This is as good a place as any to say that I agree with Jon Corbet's
take on the ath5k (effective) fork with GPLv2 code:  lawful, but
somewhat less than neighbourly.  (See:

FWIW, if I'd been consulted, I'd have said "Please don't do that.  It's

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