[Ofa_boardplus] OFA and Open Source
grun at cray.com
Thu Mar 15 11:50:32 PDT 2018
I want to find closure on one open source/dual license item discussed today.
It seems that there is broad agreement in the value of open source. There is also some demand to continue to maintain dual licensing.
* In the early days, OFA code (called OFS) was maintained in an OFA repo created per the bylaws.
* Hence the OFA could enforce the dual license provisions because the OFA controlled the maintainer of that repo.
* But since OFS was open source, anybody could fork the repo and effectively deprecate the OFA repo, which is what happened.
* Once the open source community made the choice to fork the code and assign maintainers, the OFA could no longer rigorously enforce dual license provisions, except by a gentleman's / gentlewoman's agreement.
* The OFA could not have prevented that from happening.
* There are reasons why the community chose to do so (e.g. dissatisfaction with an absentee maintainer or other reasons) that perhaps the OFA could address
* But at the end of the day, there is no legal agreement that would prevent that from happening if someone were motivated to do so.
* Hence, in my view, the notion of losing control is illusory, since no such control exists, because OFS was open source.
Please educate me if this isn't accurate.
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