Re: Linux 2.6.9 and the GPL Buyout

From: William Lee Irwin III
Date: Tue Dec 21 2004 - 04:59:39 EST

On Mon, Dec 20, 2004 at 03:27:23PM -0600, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> Despite dubious reporting and wild conjecture, the buyout was not geared
> towards helping SCO, or in concert with M$ as some sort of grand
> conspiracy. It was geared towards creating a new licensing and legal
> model for open source development. The Cherokee Nation is enacting
> legislation to promote open source development. So the whole buyout
> was me and a few folks attempting to convert Linux GPL code into
> a licensing model and Cherokee Nation Copyrights that renders the
> code sovereign and immune from litigation outside of tribal courts
> and jurisdiction. So much for all the SCO and other legal wranglings
> regarding this effort and open source in general. We are immune from
> these people and so are any projects that use our licensing or host
> on our servers. I personally told Darl "Mad Dog" McBride at SCO
> good luck and to buzz off.

As interesting and informative as this is, maybe there needs to be a
mailing list (linux-politics-discuss?) or something to serve as an
appropriate outlet for these kinds of discussions (as well as bitkeeper
licensing issues, C++ modules, etc.). It's a bit difficult to
appreciate the relevance of this kind of "political" message to a list
dedicated to kernel programming and cold, hard code.

Congratulations on your new directions and position. I hope there will
soon be a place for which your informative announcements are more
appropriate than linux-kernel.

- wli
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