What is public/private fork? - Criteria packaging in fedora

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Fri Dec 11 11:13:16 UTC 2009

On 12/11/2009 04:38 PM, Michael Schwendt wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:14:40 +0530, Rahul wrote:
>> On 12/11/2009 03:56 PM, Florian Festi wrote:
>>> Without knowing the history:
>>> Best solution would be to ask former upstream for permission to continue
>>> the project under its original name 
>> That was already denied
>> https://lists.feep.net:8080/pipermail/libtar/2009-May/000259.html
> Don't call it denial, though, because libtar is licensed under terms
> similar to MIT/BSD (with no advertising clause) [1]. This alone gives many
> permissions. See the license text for the details.

Sure but my comment has nothing to do with the license but the name of
the project.

> The real reason not to use the "libtar" namespace for a fork are
> others. 

If a upstream developer requests anyone not to use the same name for
continuing maintenance of a project, then regardless of the license, it
would only be polite not to do so setting aside everything else.


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