If you don’t like it, fork it

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One of the big concerns arising from the pending Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo, and of proprietary open source in general, is the fear that a project’s owner will abuse its power, even kill a worthwhile project.

Well, fork that. (Picture from a YoLinux tutorial on the fork function of Linux, which is actually a different subject.)

Copying a project over and enhancing it on your own, creating a new, related project, has been around since the dawn of open source civilization, several Internet decades ago. (Roughly one real decade.)

As projects get more expensive to manage, as they demand more bug fixes, code enhancements and support, forking the project gets harder.

But it’s not impossible. And it’s not illegal.

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