October 14, 2007

On forking and contributor agreements

Paula Rooney has written an excellent article on a dispute in the Open Office developer community that could possibly lead to a fork of the free office suite. A fork occurs when someone puts out their own version of a piece of software that is separate from the ââ¬Åmainlineââ¬Â or ââ¬Ågenerally accepted as officialââ¬Â version. The dividing issue in the case of Open Office is the contributor agreement that Sun requires all developers to sign before any code they create can become a part of the project. Somebody didnââ¬â¢t want to sign it, and the disagreement escalated to the point that a fork is being considered.

Link: blogs.zdnet.com

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