Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 18th Jul 2008 23:29 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Legal The convoluted case of SCO v. Novell dealt a heady blow to the SCO Group Wednesday, with United States District Judge Dale Kimball ordering the company to pay $2.5 million to Novell for improperly claiming, and collecting royalties for, the Unix operating system.
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RE[2]: Comment by Coral Snake
by Coral Snake on Sun 20th Jul 2008 02:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Coral Snake"
Coral Snake
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2005-07-07

Actually I believe I'm more of a moderate as far as software licensing politics goes. Here is my view:

Operating systems:
In general I believe these should be under the GNU GPL or similar licensing with exceptions for linking system calls into proprietary programs in order to prevent one company monopolies that can dictate to other software and computer manufacturers on what their products should be like Microsoft does. (This is why Linux is my favorite OS.)

GUI, TUI, Game Programming and other programming libraries:
These should be under GNU LGPL, BSD or MIT style licensing or in the Public Domain to allow their use in both F/OSS and proprietary software on equal terms. (My favorite ones here as far as licensing goes are wxWidgets, FLTK, GTK, SDL, ncurses and the fox toolkit,)

Applications:
My view is that application level software can be either proprietary or F/OSS at the determination of the developer as long as it uses open standards for the documents it saves to prevent Microsoft style dictatorship.

So as you can see I'm not a Stallmanite or a Microsoftie in my software politics but somewhere between the two.

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