Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 11th Jan 2010 15:57 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews A few weeks ago, we asked for the OSNews community to help with some questions we were going to ask Aaron Griffin from the Arch Linux team, and the response was glorious and somewhat phenomenal. We added those questions to our own and sent them on over, and then we were surprised by receiving not only Aaron Griffin's responses but answers from various individuals from the team.
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RE[7]: Ugh
by Laurence on Wed 13th Jan 2010 07:54 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Ugh"
Laurence
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I think, for the most part, we're going to just have to agree to disagree on this one.

However one item I can categorically prove is VBox.

Past discussion:

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You do realise that there's plenty of large closed source apps available for Linux? VirtualBox (not the OSE but the more feature-rich edition) is closed AND has a GUI. And given the complexity of virtualisation, I'd hardly define that as a small command line program.

[snip]
As for VirtualBox it is open source while VMWare is closed source.
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Response:
See the following link and scroll down:
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
^ as I clearly stated, there is an OSE (open source edition) and a closed binary.

The closed binary has more features than the OSE and is the version people typically use when downloading outside of package managers (which leads to incorrect assumptions - like yourself - that they're using "open source").

Furthermore, I think you'll find that many of VMWare's products are open source as well:
http://www.vmware.com/download/open_source.html
(though I'd wager the licence isn't as "open" as GPL/BSD - but that's just a guess based on their previous business model)

Edited 2010-01-13 07:57 UTC

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