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[2]: GPL
by abraxas on Wed 14th Jun 2006 15:10 UTC in reply to "GPL"
abraxas
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If GPL does prove to be upheld in the courts (it has not really be tested yet), there is a serious risk that all of Office (or Windows) could be forced to be open sourced simply because one intern recoded the same cool algorithm he saw in GCC.

There is absolutely no risk of Microsoft being forced to open all of Office. That is not how the GPL works. That is not how copyright works. Microsoft would merely have to stop distributing the offending code, as it would then be copyright infringement. Microsoft could then implement its own code, instead of stealing from open source, and all would be well again.

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