Kyle’s modification of Lerna’s license was originally assented to by other lead developers on the project, but the decision polarized the open-source community. Some applauded his principled stand against ICE’s human rights violations, while others condemned his violation of the spirit of open-source software. Eric Raymond, the founder of the Open Source Initiative and one of the authors of the standard-bearing Open Source Definition, said Kyle’s decision violated the fifth clause of the definition, which prohibits discrimination against people or groups. “Lerna has defected from the open-source community and should be shunned by anyone who values the health of that community,” Raymond wrote in a blog post on his website.
The core contributor who eventually removed Kyle also apologized for Kyle’s licensing change, calling it a “rash decision” (which was also “unenforceable.”)
Eric Raymond had called the decision “destructive of one of the deep norms that keeps the open source community functional — keeping politics separated from our work.”