Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Jan 2007 16:33 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows With the imminent release of Windows Vista to consumers this month, Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux, has claimed Microsoft's latest desktop effort is over-hyped and not a revolutionary advancement. "I don't actually think that something like Vista will change how people work that much," Torvalds told Computerworld. "I think it, to some degree, has been over-hyped as being something completely new and I don't actually think it is."
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Mathman
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Heck, university researchers shouldn't release their code at all. That way they can keep whatever commercial product they happen to produce all to themselves. Or wait, that's actually quite common. So where's that leave us?

As for students losing interest in computer science based purely on financial reasons, I'd say good. You must not know what it was like to be studying computer science around the time of the dot com boom. Luckily I went to a decent school and by my senior year most of the disguised business majors were finally majoring in business. But don't get me wrong here, it's not that I'm agreeing with your assertion that the gpl damages academia, in fact having worked in academia for the past 5 years I'd say far from it. To give a small example from my place, we use the GPL'd NetCDF library so that our data is in a common format that other researchers can easily deal with.

And speaking of ignorance, the majority of software is highly specialized, is produced in house, and stays in house. So businesses having a common set of tools work on and develop software with, tools that are open so you're free to fix them or modify them as you see fit, is certainly not going to hurt the bottom line. Now sure, these tools could just as easily have a BSD style license as much as a GPL license. But let's take Walmart for example. Just because Walmart makes some enhancement to some BSD licensed operating system they run their website on, all of a sudden they're going to turn around and turn into a software company? It could happen I suppose. But I think what's far more likely to happen is that their engineers release whatever enhancements they happen to make to some GPL'd software so that everyone benefits.

I hope this explains well to you now.

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