David Schwartz wrote:
> I'm starting to think that one cannot legally use BitKeeper as the
> preferred means of developing a GPLed program. The problem is, the
> GPL defines the source as the preferred base to modify the software
> from and requires you to be able to distribute the source without any
> additional licensing requirements.
It doesn't require that you distribute the tools for editing the
source, though. For example I believe it is fine to distribute a
program for Microsoft Visual Studio, in the form of the files you
would actually use with Visual Studio, even though the format of some
of those files is not documented.
> Providing the source in BK form without BK is as useless as
> providing it encrypted. Providing it in any other form does not
> satisfy the GPL (assuming that BK form is in fact the preferred way
> of modifying it).
I disagree, because the BK file format is actually quite well
documented - it is SCCS with some annotations that do not seem
essential if you are using a different tool.
The data is easily extracted using an SCCS-compatible tool. It is
certainly not encrypted, and I had no difficulty writing a Perl script
to extract any version of the source, although I have yet to look if
changesets are so easy as individual files.
Credit to Larry, for choosing an easily read file format.
(Although not perfectly - see the CSSC documentation for some things
that they are not sure how to decode in an SCCS file - and yes, those
do appear in BK-generated SCCS files from time to time).
> If BitKeeper is the version management tool, then BitKeeper is part
> of the source by this definition.
Linus and other people have said repeatedly that BitKeeper is _not_
essential to working with them on the kernel.
That said, it does seem that if you can't read bkbits.net, then you
are at a disadvantage sometimes.
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