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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Remove Bitkeeper documentation from Linux tree
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    On Monday 22 April 2002 19:03, Jeff Garzik wrote:
    > Let us separate that fact from the notion that it is a BK
    > advertisement, and discuss that part, since that seems to be the
    > important issue. As the author of the doc, I state the doc was
    > not written as an advertisement, and was not paid for, directly
    > or indirectly.
    >
    > That said, it certainly can been seen as an advertisement.

    OK, we've established that then.

    > I like BK, and like to encourage others to use it.
    >
    > So let us term the BK doc as, "not intended as an advertisement,
    > but can easily be considered such." I hope we agree so far? :)
    >
    > Now that we have that...
    >
    > Q. What is the justification for removing an admittedly-useful
    > advertisement?

    1) It would be equally as useful as a URL
    2) It would not consume download bandwidth
    3) It would show some sensitivity to the concerns of those who are
    uncomfortable with the license.

    > There is no dispute that the doc is useful, only dispute with certain
    > beliefs. Disagreement is fine... encouraged, even. But that's a
    > poor justification to remove the doc from the tree.
    >
    > I hear your point, I really do. I just feel very strongly that
    > removing the BK docs from the tree is the worst way to go about
    > supporting this point of view.

    I really don't see how changing out the files for a url qualifies as
    the "worst way" of addressing the issue. If Larry unretracts his offer
    to host the files - and I fully expect he will do that after some period
    of indulging in his wounded bird act - then by definition the documentation
    will always be available exactly when and where needed. Is there *anybody*
    here who'd have further license-related complaints about Bitkeeper if that
    were done? (Speak or forever hold your peace.)

    --
    Daniel
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