Linux: Clarifying the Developer's Certificate of Origin

Posted by dave on Jun 14, 2005 6:47 AM EDT
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Following SCO's allegations regarding the origination of some source code files comprising the Linux Kernel, in May of 2004 Linux creator Linus Torvalds implemented a simple method for tracking how patches reach the source tree. The simple system was further refined in the following months, and has become second nature to most kernel developers. However, a recent debate on the lkml illustrated the fact that nothing is simple, in this case with concerns that archiving someone else's email address in the "Signed-off-by:" line could violate the UK's Data Protection Act.

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