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The Freedom to Fork

One of the most controversial freedoms of free software is the right to simply take the code and go make your own competing project — what is popularly called a “fork”. It’s controversial but it is a critical freedom to have. This FSM article outlines the reasoning in a clear fashion and is complete with historical examples.

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Created by spanky 4 years 48 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 48 weeks ago
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Forking Mandriva Linux: The birth of Mageia

Mandriva, one of my favorite Linux distributions, has been forked, and the new distribution is named Mageia. With the well publicized mass exodus of developers and contributors, this does not come as shock. I usually view these developments with caution, but this one I am actually happy about. Here are my reasons:

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Created by finid 5 years 3 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 2 weeks ago
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Have Debian Forks Hurt Debian?

It has been argued both ways for years. Both sides have valid points, and experience varies so widely depending on so many factors that it seems impossible to come to a conclusion.

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Created by sunny 5 years 22 weeks ago – Made popular 5 years 22 weeks ago
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Novell is not forking OpenOffice

From recent media reports, casual readers could easily believe that, the popular free office suite, is fragmenting.

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Created by C733tus 8 years 1 day ago – Made popular 8 years 8 hours ago
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Sun Refuses LGPL for OpenOffice; Novell forks

"Kohei Yoshida wrote a long post on the history of Calc Solver, an optimization solver module for the Calc component of After three years of jumping through Sun's hoops on his own time, Sun says it will duplicate the work because Kohei doesn't want to sign over ownership of the code. Adding insult to injury, Sun then invites him join this duplication.

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Created by C733tus 8 years 1 week ago – Made popular 8 years 6 days ago
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