Open and closed source...
f.fracassi at gmx.net
Thu Jan 18 08:22:15 PST 2001
On Thursday 18 January 2001 14:21, you wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 18, 2001 at 06:26:21AM -0600, Nitebirdz wrote:
> > Yet another example. There is an ongoing discussion in Slashdot right
> > now on whether the new MacOS X can destroy Linux on the desktop. That
> > would be a good example of a commercial entity (Apple in this case)
> > taking some open source software, building a lot of proprietary layers on
> > top of it, and then perhaps destroying the chances of free software in
> > the desktop market. Something to think about.
> Sure, that's always a problem no matter what OS your talking about.
> But, GPL isn't going to help here, Apple could still use GPL
> packages/programs and sell it as part of Mac OS X.
Yes, but with GPL, They would _have to_ realease OS X under GPL, too, and
thus opening the Complete Source Code. With BSD, They could just release it
> "Countless people have been killed by hammers over the ages. So..uhh,
> maybe it's not the tool but the weilder?"
> Do you see my point?
If you are interested in this topic I suggest the reading of Friedrich
Duerrenmat, "Die Physiker" (The Physicians)
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