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-    <head>
-        <title>Why BitKeeper should be Open-Sourced Now</title>
-    </head>
-    <body style="background-color : white">
-        <h1>Why BitKeeper should be Open-Sourced Now</h1>
-
-        <h2>Foreword</h2>
-        <p>
-        I don't normally support open-sourcing commercial software. I don't
-        think Microsoft Excel should be open-sourced. I don't think Corel-Draw
-        should be open-sourced either. I like them both and I think both should
-        remain proprietary.
-        </p>
-        <p>
-        BitKeeper, however is different. BitKeeper would benefit a lot from
-        being open-sourced, and in fact: that choice would determine its 
-        future.
-        </p>
-        <h2>My BitKeeper Story</h2>
-        <h2>BitKeeper should be GPLed - for BitMover's sake</h2>
-        <h3>Source Control is like an OS - A Copy on Every Machine</h3>
-
-        <p>
-        Computer vendors would not dream installing RedHat Linux or Mandrake
-        Linux on their customers' computers without paying RedHat or 
-        MandrakeSoft for a license. But it is perfectly legal to do the 
-        opposite.
-        </p>
-
-        <p>
-        The same holds for source control. Sure, many users will download it
-        and use it without charge. But every manager in a company will insist
-        that if BitMover mandates a license, then it would be present. That's
-        the law of the land.
-        </p>
-
-        <p>
-        Those that break it are not really a concern of BitMover. They would
-        have broken it, anyhow.
-        </p>
-        
-        <h3>BitKeeper is a Platform</h3>
-
-        <p>
-        Refer to the Platform article written by everybody's favourite
-        software management guru, Joel Spolsky.
-        </p>
-        
-        <h3>You can't eat your cake and have it too</h3>
-        <p>
-        Most open-source developers out there won't use BitKeeper under
-        the terms dictated by BitMover. There's nothing wrong with this
-        idealism - it is perfectly rational.
-        </p>
-        <p>
-        If BitMover wishes to 
-
-        <h3>The Market for BitKeeper is very large - end users</h3>
-
-        <p>
-        Aunt Tillie could use source control. Many clue-less users out
-        there invent ad-hoc methodologies to keep various versions of there
-        files, and they all work much less better than CVS, and even less
-        than BitKeeper.
-        </p>
-
-        <p>
-        With good marketing and integration into the underlying desktop,
-        BitKeeper can be marketed as a tool everybody could use.
-        </p>
-
-        <h3>Advantages of the Bazaar Style</h3>
-
-        <p>
-        Larry can criticize Eric Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"
-        as much as he wants. Fact is, everybody else beside him (and beside
-        some sources in Microsoft who have any reason to attack him) thought
-        it was a ground-breaking paper.
-        </p>
-
-        <p>
-        BitMover can benefit from the Bazaar style while still maintaining
-        full ownership and control on BitKeeper.
-        </p>
-
-        <h3>Trust is more important than Money</h3>
-
-        <p>
-        Larry, it is obvious you don't trust the BitKeeper user-base at large.
-        Lack of trust makes one paranoid. And paranoia makes one unhappy. 
-        </p>
-
-        <p>
-        You should ask yourself if you're happy. You did not seem happy to 
-        me when you (and your employees) attacked me for my attempts to free
-        BitKeeper. You also don't seem happy to the masses of the Linux Kernel
-        mailing list who have to put up with your constant flood of messages
-        there.
-        </p>
-
-        <h2>Afterward</h2>
-
-        <p>
-        Mr. McVoy, you hold the future to BitKeeper in your hands. If it is
-        not made free software, it will become just a footnote in the history
-        of Source Control systems. Like SCCS, like Perforce or like ClearCase.
-        I can guarantee you 100% that a different open-source SCM will take
-        its place.
-        </p>
-
-        <p>
-        However, if it does become GPL or something similar, then it can grow
-        into something wonderful. A source-control management that has
-        yet to be seen and that will rule for many years to come. But you have
-        to make the decision.
-        </p>
-        
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-</html>