Ryan Paul who covers open source projects for Ars Technica provides a few more thoughts on Bruce Peren’s letter that I linked to yesterday. Ryan provides a bit more information about Perens’ relation to the project as it stands currently. I consider Ryan trustworthy and the reasons given for the code audit are more consistent with the view that Perens doesn’t currently have any copyright interests in it.
Ryan also I think fairly captures the issue if Perens in fact no longer has copyright interests in busybox.
The situation reflects one of the challenges of community-driven development. People who have otherwise disconnected from a project still feel a sense of ownership after they stop contributing, and they can sometimes become a burden on the active maintainers who have new goals and a different philosophical vision.