On January 29, 2011 10:17:36 am Jens M Andreasen wrote:
Never mind any of the hand waving going on about forks, giving credit, etc.
Stick to the license, that is all that is required of you.
There is a saying "never explain, your friends don't need it and your enemies
won't believe you anyway".
If you want to fork, just fork. It is your irrevocable right to do so. You do
not owe anyone an explanation, ever. Just stick to the letter of the licenses.
Nothing more is required of you.
Everything else said about this topic is just noise by people who do not
understand the purpose of FOSS. They think they do, but they are completely
wrong if they have anything to say that imputes some kind of emotionality into
Once you give away your code under FOSS it does not belong to you anymore (in
that particular form) and you do so (if you are intelligent) with full
knowledge of what you are doing and all the implications of it. Basically,
take responsibility, read the licenses properly, understand their far reaching
purpose, and relinquish any kind of ownership type attitudes for the greater
I have forked other projects before and tried to cooperate, follow licenses,
only to have those projects act very territorial and not in the proper spirit
Just fork anyway you like. It is best not to even bother letting the other
project know what you are doing, it is not their business since they have
freely chosen to go the FOSS way. Any complaining after the fact is just
childish and stupid.
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