Subject: Re: the GCC steering committee
From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 19:06:19 -0500

> That's why forking is a blunt instrument.  By itself, it does
> nothing.  But it's the power which gives the ability to unseat the
> leader.

Any idiot can fork a tree. The power to succeed in doing so is a function of
marketing and PR, not the ability to fork.

This point is critical. It is the fundamental reason why a VC investor can
safely invest in open source -- if the successful investee maintains
leadership, they maintain lock.