Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2007 16:04 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Linspire Linspire has announced an agreement to license voice-enabled instant messaging, Windows Media 10 codecs, and TrueType font technologies from Microsoft for its Linux distribution. Additionally, Microsoft will offer protection to Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux.
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RE[4]: Too Suspicious
by sbergman27 on Fri 15th Jun 2007 03:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Too Suspicious "
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Actually, no. I like to point out that the BSD people, not Linux people, are the *real* idealists. This isn't FUD. It's a fact of life.
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I think that we all tend to focus too much upon licensing.

Has GPLv2 been responsible for Linux's success? Well, Apache has done better with a very different one. So has perl. And Python, et al.

I like copyleft. But I'm not sure that it actually deserves as much credit as it is given.

And copyleft licenses *are* greedy licenses. By that, I mean that "compatibility" often means that we can take code from you. You can't take code from us? Well, it's still "compatible".

And sharing code is hard. Licensing aside, it's hard. And if the licensing does throw up extra hurdles... well, maybe that can sometimes do more harm than good.

We're a diverse group of fellows who can never seem to agree upon *anything* except that we all somehow seem to agree on *something* except that no one seems to be sure of just what that something is.

Perhaps we should simply accept that we're just a sort of strange amalgum who have somehow accomplished some amazing things, against all odds, and don't really know exactly how, and just give everyone credit for... whatever it is that they have done. ;-)

-Steve

Edited 2007-06-15 03:35

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