Open and closed source...

Fabio Fracassi f.fracassi at gmx.net
Thu Jan 18 08:22:15 PST 2001


On Thursday 18 January 2001 14:21, you wrote:
> Yo,
>
> 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 
close-sourced.

> "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?
I agree!

If you are interested in this topic I suggest the reading of Friedrich 
Duerrenmat, "Die Physiker" (The Physicians)

Fabio



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