Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Mar 2011 02:00 UTC
Mac OS X When you run smbd -V on your Snow Leopard installation, you'll see it's running SAMBA version 3.0.28a-apple. While I'm not sure how much difference the "-apple" makes, version 3.0.28a is old. Very old. In other words, it's riddled with bugs. Apple hasn't updated SAMBA in 3 years, and for Lion, they're dumping it altogether for something homegrown. The reason? SAMBA is now GPLv3.
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RE[2]: Not about patents
by sakeniwefu on Sun 27th Mar 2011 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Not about patents"
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They'd only need to give each user a machine signature so that he could use his own modified versions.

However, Apple makes money from not letting users run any software at all without money going into the company's pockets, so they obviously can't distribute GPLv3 software.

All things considered, I think the GPLv3 patent clauses do more harm than good. The only thing they achieve is keeping "free" software from being used at all.

Even "good" companies acquiring patents for self-defense have to avoid it. If Google released a WebM codec under GPLv3 all the protection they get from their related patents against the MPEG mafia is lost as soon as soon as MPEG companies download a copy.

IP laws are like nuclear weapons, there is no way to use them for good, the only winning move is not to play.

Playing the wargame is the basic error of the FSF and their licenses.

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