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."
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RE[4]: What a waste of time....
by kwan_e on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 04:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What a waste of time.... "
kwan_e
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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.


I don't actually think it's true. Linux, like almost all open source software, is about "scratching your own itch". People contribute to Linux and open source, not because they want to compete and be the best and win awards. They're just contributing because they want something done and there's nothing around that fits their criteria, or that can be modified to fit their criteria.

If anything, what Linux competes for is attention, and it succeeds heavily in that area.

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


Which exists whether or not GPL is used.

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).


The person I replied to claimed that if Linux were public domain, or at least not GPL'd, that it would magically have better driver support due to the kernel's internal interfaces being stabilized in face of competition.

Well, BSD is right there for such a speculation, and its lack of GPL has not borne the results claimed.

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