Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jan 2013 01:41 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "A senior OpenBSD developer has complained on a mailing list that upstream vendors of free and open source software are adding in changes without any thought of whether downstream users could adapt to the change. Marc Espie said this would hurt smaller players by not allowing them to keep up with the changes. Basically what is happening is that numerous changes are being made to Linux and smaller projects like OpenBSD cannot keep up with the changes. And, according to Espie, not all these changes are strictly necessary."
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RE[3]: Developer's point of view
by kwan_e on Fri 11th Jan 2013 10:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Developer's point of view"
kwan_e
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Actually no it doesn't if the software is used internally by a company.

At my last job I maintained my own fork of (out-dated) GPL JavaScript and CMS libraries when used in an intranet setting. None of the bugs I have fixed were ever ported back.


Which is a moot point because any modified "open source" programs that doesn't see the light of day may as well not factor into any calculation.

Comparing like with like - publicly redistributed binarie - GPL guarantees reciprocation.

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