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: It's not a one-way street
by siki_miki on Wed 14th Jun 2006 10:25 UTC in reply to "It's not a one-way street"
siki_miki
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2006-01-17

First of all, why do they need to copy the code? They have enough manpower to redo it by the spec.

And even if they intend to copy, GPL code maybe is an obstacle, but they can publish modified code of LGPL (which is what usually linux libraries tend to be), and still keep the source of application linking upon it closed.

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RE[2]: It's not a one-way street
by hal2k1 on Wed 14th Jun 2006 10:46 in reply to "RE: It's not a one-way street"
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2005-11-11

//First of all, why do they need to copy the code? They have enough manpower to redo it by the spec. //

Perhaps what they want is to then be able to patent their version. Perhaps they want FOSS to be invalid when considering prior art in a patent application. After all, they have already put forward "first to file" in this context.

I'm thinking that they feel they would need patents to back up a "pay-per-use" software revenue model - like royalties.

Edited 2006-06-14 10:48

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