Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Apr 2007 13:14 UTC, submitted by detonator
OpenBSD "I, Michael Buesch, am one of the maintainers of the GPL'd Linux wireless LAN driver for the Broadcom chip (bcm43xx). The Copyright holders of bcm43xx (which includes me) want to talk to you, OpenBSD bcw developers, about possible GPL license and therefore copyright violations in your bcw driver. We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license)." The entire thread can be found here.
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RE[3]: re
by rayiner on Fri 6th Apr 2007 18:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: re"
rayiner
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2005-07-06

The phrase offset by commas, though not gramatically required for correctness, is essential to the meaning of this sentence. It means the difference between denying someone help out of being petty, and denying someone help because they are being belligerent.

It's the difference between:

We don't wish to provide aid to Iran.

And:

We don't wish to provide aid to Iran, which is threatening to blow us up.

If Broadcom doesn't want to be nice to the OSS community, we don't need to be nice to them. Simple, pure playground rules, unsullied by nonsense about "helping everyone".

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