Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2009 20:51 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Yesterday, we reported that the Software Freedom Law Center had started a lawsuit against several companies who they claim violated the GPL. The subject of the violation was BusBox, and the SFLC claims it is operating on behalf of the authors of BusyBox. Original BusyBox author Bruce Perens, however, begs to differ.
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RE[2]: Comment by dexter11
by cycoj on Wed 16th Dec 2009 22:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by dexter11"
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Bruce abandoned BusyBox two years before Erik Andersen picked up the dead code and re-launched it, and then Bruce didn't bother to post or subscribe to Erik's new list for most of a decade (until he suddenly showed up not to contribute code but to be a license troll, at which time Bruce's web page said that BusyBox was maintained by Lineo, a company that Erik had left something like seven years earlier).

It wouldn't help the SFLC to involve Bruce because he has nothing to do with BusyBox. That's a significant reason BusyBox has been as successful as it has: Bruce's _lack_ of involvement in it.


Rob seems to be an idiot, what he calls license trolling actually means that Rob was trying to change the BusyBox license from "GPLv2 or later" to "GPLv2 only", at the time Bruce definitely still had copyrighted code inside BusyBox, and objected to this change, which he had every right, actually to change the license like that Rob would have had to contact everyone with copyright in BusyBox and get explicit permission to do so. Somehow he thought because he's the new maintainer he can do whatever he likes with the license. So because Bruce objected to the change, Rob went on a quest to "cleanse" all of Bruce's code from BusyBox for the sole reason so he could change GPLv2 or later to GPLv2, who's the license zealot?!

Anyway you can read all this in the rational for this change written by Rob, posted a little earlier in this thread.

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