Subject: Re: Fwd: Wall Street article on a new Cooperative
From: Taran Rampersad <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 03:35:40 -0500

Brian Behlendorf wrote:

>On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, Matt Asay wrote:
>>As for the critique (made by others) that Avalanche does nothing for
>>open source, how so? Why is it any less open source because it is
>>restricted to a smaller group of participants than most open source
>>projects, a restriction largely dictated by our voraciously hungry legal
>Because there is no right to fork.
>	Brian
Right, they're behind. But they are embracing one part of FLOS. In time, 
they may embrace others. What they are celebrating as innovation is a 
poor mimicry of what already exists. And if companies *buy* into that, 
maybe businesses will be more eager to *buy* into other approaches along 
the same guidelines - which would probably allow forking.

And if they don't, they lose - right?

If they do, they move closer to FLOS, and eventually become FLOS.

I really don't see any losses, aside from the non-forking 
(self-flagellating) folk. And whether that's a loss instead of a draw is 

Taran Rampersad