[erlang-questions] Erlang 10 years of Open Source; it is time for the next step

Paul Fisher pfisher@REDACTED
Mon Mar 17 13:40:14 CET 2008

On Mon, 2008-03-17 at 12:53 +0100, Ulf Wiger wrote:
> 2008/3/17, Torbjorn Tornkvist <tobbe@REDACTED>:
> >
> >  So, suggestions:
> >
> >  - Put Erlang into a modern (distributed) VCS like Mercurial or Git.
> Did the Eclipse team mention who the legal owner of the Eclipse
> code base is?
> I ask because one of the problems for any company involved in
> Open Source development is the fact that it's legally responsible for
> all the code in the repository. This is perhaps a bigger problem for
> a large company than a small one, int that large companies make
> for juicy targets in IPR lawsuits.

Using git (or mercurial) is more about enabling the acceptance of
community (distributed) development into the core distribution.  The
official tree would still reside where it is, just that the tools enable
community contributions more simply and effectively.  Having internal
development done via git would promote a workflow where community
contributions could be on equal footing (given that they have merit.)

IPR is a separate issue, and the same efforts would need to be made to
contribution integrated into upstream tree.  What is done with patches
submitted today?


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