April 7, 2007
Broadcom Driver Dispute Uglier Than Necessary
Michael Buesch posted a message addressed to Marcus Glocker on a few wireless and Linux kernel development lists, as well as CC'ing several members of the Broadcom reverse-engineering team to the effect that GPL'ed code had been copied verbatim and committed to the bcw team's CVS repository. He posted late on April 4th. Theo De Raadt responded roughly an hour and a half later, focusing almost solely on the manner in which the notice was given. Were it not for the restraint of the majority of developers reading the lists, the issue would have quickly turned rather ugly.