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SubjectRe: "GPL weasels and the atheros stink"
Jonathan A. George wrote:
> Question #1: Is it _ethical_ (legality aside) to take someone else's
> actively maintained work (for example an OpenBSD driver) and make
> changes which can not be shared/used by the original developer/maintainer?

This happens all the time. It's called a fork.

Forks happen for good reasons, bad reasons, dumb reasons, and smart reasons.

Sometimes the useful changes can be shared back, and that's a good thing
[for that situation].

Sometimes changes cannnot be shared back, and that's also a good thing
[for that situation].


> Question #2: Is it _technically beneficial_ to branch an OSS work (for
> example an OpenBSD driver) in such a way as to diminish the ability to
> share contributions between projects?

Can only be answered on a case-by-case basis.

The reality OF THE CODE is such that *BSD and Linux share good SOLUTIONS
quite often. That's a benefit of open source. And that's a good thing.

Jeff


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