Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:56 UTC, submitted by Modafinil
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Samba Team and seven kernel hackers have come together with Software Freedom Conservancy to help efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL by those who implement Linux and other GPL software. Richard Hillesley talked to Bradley Kuhn of Software Freedom Conservancy, Jeremy Allison of Samba, and Matthew Garrett, who works in his spare time with the GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers."
Permalink for comment 520518
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: What a waste of time....
by Alfman on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 04:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What a waste of time.... "
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

kwan_e,

I agree with almost the entirety of your post. But this below didn't compute for me:

"Linux isn't in competition with anything. Competition does not drive innovation in open source because money is not what is needed to survive."

Funnily enough, I think I disagree with almost every single point in there, haha.

Linux (both the platform and the kernel) is in competition with everything else on the market.

Some open source devs are lucky to be paid, but many just donate their own time, which drives alot of developers away from open sourcing their own work. I myself have a very difficult time finding a balance.

Even if money is not an issue, competition always has a presence, and that's a good thing for driving innovation.


Edit: with regards to the point you were initially responding to, I believe linux's good driver support has a lot to do with it's relative popularity. BSD's lack of support makes sense given that very few manufacturers are paying attention to it(them) and having fewer resources. I would not spontaneously attribute BSD's technical design to be the cause of it's lack of drivers (if I understood correctly, seems to be what was implied).

Edited 2012-06-03 04:13 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2