Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:23 UTC, submitted by wibbit
Apple Apple has bought the CUPS code base, and has hired it's lead developer. "CUPS was written by Michael R Sweet, an owner of Easy Software Products. In February of 2007 Apple Inc. hired Michael and acquired ownership the CUPS source code. While Michael is primarily working on non-CUPS projects, he will continue to develop and support CUPS, which is still being released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms."
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sooo
by deanlinkous on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:34 UTC
deanlinkous
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2006-06-19

time for a fork?

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RE: sooo
by Kroc on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:50 in reply to "sooo"
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2005-11-10

Give it a rest, how is this different from other large corporations paying for Kernel developers to work on Linux, and people to work on all manner of open source. Google hire many people who work on Firefox full time - does that make it less Free than before?

Really, open source zealots need to open some windows and breath some fresh air because as soon as they hear a corporation supporting open source software, they close their minds straight away.

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RE[2]: sooo
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:59 in reply to "RE: sooo"
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2006-03-12

First off zealots is an offensive term.

Second many prefer the term "free software zealot"

Third Companies With Linux *contribute* to a larger codebase they do not have overall control of the *copyright*. In fact it mirror the FSF work only that someone with a political agenda owning the code we have a *competing* OS owning the copyright.

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RE[2]: sooo
by ralph on Thu 12th Jul 2007 20:10 in reply to "RE: sooo"
ralph Member since:
2005-07-10

Give it a rest, how is this different from other large corporations paying for Kernel developers to work on Linux, and people to work on all manner of open source.
It's different in that Apple now owns CUPS. This is a fundamental difference from companies simply contributing to open source project they don't own.

I thought that was pretty obvious.

Anyway, I don't think there's any reason to be alarmed about this. As long as Apple continues to distribute CUPS under the GPL, as they seem to intend to do, this is even a very good development.

P.S.: There really is no need for namecalling.

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RE[2]: sooo
by Alleister on Fri 13th Jul 2007 18:47 in reply to "RE: sooo"
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2006-05-29

Google didn't buy the FireFox Source base, which is very uncommon if you just want to support a project.

I find it very uncanny to see CUPS in the hand of one of the biggest patent trolls in the industry which has a portfolio filled to the brim with patents that are trivial, based on public work or even based on other peoples work.

Really, it wouldn't be much worse if it was in the hands of Microsoft now.

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RE: sooo
by KugelKurt on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:38 in reply to "sooo"
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2005-07-06

Why? "software and license remain the same" (quote from the website).

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RE[2]: sooo
by Beta on Thu 12th Jul 2007 23:13 in reply to "RE: sooo"
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2005-07-06

Except the license didn't remain the same*, this page was changed:
http://www.cups.org/articles.php?L179+I0+TFAQ+M10+P1+Q

I'm concerned, yet interested in what Apple is going to do with CUPS…

*A minor change, but important

Edited 2007-07-12 23:18

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