Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server. At the same time, Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
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RE: GPL
by Wrawrat on Wed 14th Jun 2006 00:15 UTC in reply to "GPL"
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2005-06-30

Don't mix up implementations with algorithms. Copying code is one thing, producing similar, but completely original code based on an inspiration is another.

As for your fictious example, I don't believe Microsoft would have to open their code, just stop the distribution of the offending snippet and what was based on it. The licence might be "viral" but not that "viral".

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Edited 2006-06-14 00:16

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