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  Re: Do the right thing - Its not too late (mod -6/32)
by Anonymous Coward ( on Fri Sep 21 01:55:01 2007 (GMT)
  > Blasting a developer in public is bending over backward? Funny, the OBSD team always had the policy of dealing with such things in private first...

No "blasting" happened. It was a notification of a license violation. I've read it too, and I see nothing wrong with it. Marcus Glocker was DEAD WRONG in what he did, and Michael Buesch was absolutely correct in notifying the maintainers of the OpenBSD repository of the problem.

And yes, Jiri too was with what he did (not all files were dual-licensed). Jiri was totally out of line there, no question. But Theo clearly wanted "revenge". He's a crack developer, and I respect his programming ability highly, but he's also a total asshat when it comes to dealing with other people outside his inner circle. All he had to do with the BCM issue was say, "Oops, sorry, we'll take care of it" and nothing more. Michael would've said, "OK, thanks, now we can talk about a BSD-licensed version of our driver if you want."

I quote Michael:

"We'd like to have this issue resolved. In general we are not against having a free (and BSD licensed) driver in the BSD operating system. But you _have_ to cooperate with us if you'd like to take our code and relicense it under BSD license. We intentionally put the code under GPL license. We did _not_ do this, because "everybody does this". We did this, among other reasons, because we "don't think we should allow proprietary vendors to take our code and close it again."

So, please don't say he wasn't willing to cooperate, because that's not correct. He clearly indicates that the team wasn't against a BSD-licensed driver, but that the BSD folks needed to cooperate with them to use *their* code. I don't see how that can possibly be "bad".
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