Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2007 11:51 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews QNX has announced that they are going to open up the source code to their QNX microkernel operating system. The press release reads: "Effective immediately, QNX will make source code for its award-winning, microkernel-based OS available for free download. The first source release includes the code to the QNX Neutrino microkernel, the base C library, and a variety of board support packages for popular embedded and computing hardware." Read on for more information, as well as an interview with Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX.
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Much ado about nothing
by obi_oni on Wed 12th Sep 2007 15:40 UTC
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Okay, so what exactly _are_ the licensing terms?

It's not any of the [L]GPLv[23] licenses, it's not MIT/X/BSD licensing, it's more than likely not an OSI approved license - so it's not "Open Source" at all. This is "look but don't touch open".

This is (maybe) good for existing customers of QNX and that's it. I'm sure their internal processes will be more open too, and they probably did the work to vet where all their copyrighted code came from, which is healthy too.

But this is definitely not an "Open Source" move.

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