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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by archiesteel on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:35 UTC
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On one hand, this could accelerate development and increase the quality of CUPS.

On the other hand, this could mean that future versions might not be released under GPL/LGPL...Right now it looks as if they will, but there are no guarantees it will stay that way.

I'm a bit ambivalent about this. What does everyone else think?

Edited 2007-07-12 19:35

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by buff on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:39 in reply to "Ooookay..."
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I don't mind it being in Apple's hands as long as it stays in GPL. I might have some issues if they rename it iCups. Oops I hope I don't get sued for putting the letter I before a product name without Apple's permission. ;-)

Edited 2007-07-12 19:39

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by elsewhere on Fri 13th Jul 2007 04:00 in reply to "RE: Ooookay..."
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I might have some issues if they rename it iCups.

It's ok, I've had iCups before, they're easy enough to get rid of. Just drink some water, or breathe into a paper bag.


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by Ringheims Auto on Thu 12th Jul 2007 21:15 in reply to "Ooookay..."
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But then again one could fork the current released version and keep developing that as GPL. That would be a sad scenario though, hope Apple does good to the project.

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by KugelKurt on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:44 in reply to "Ooookay..."
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Apple initiated a bunch of OSS projects (Darwin Streaming Server, WebKit, Bonjour/Rendezouz, iCal Server,...).
Why should they end GPLed CUPS?

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by sorpigal on Fri 13th Jul 2007 17:07 in reply to "RE: Ooookay..."
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WebKit was not initiated by Apple, it was KHTML + some (admittedly major) changes. In the case of bonjour and ical... those are specifications, not products. Apple also produced the OpenStep specs, but they didn't provide any code.

As to why CUPS will be different: Apple shows all signs of wanting CUPS for itself. It will never contribute its patches back to the GPL'd version; those will remain internal. Plus, all contributers of GPL'd patches to CUPS will be requried to sign over the copyright--in effect they will be giving Apple the source code to use to its (proprietary) advantage with no guarantee that it will benefit the community.

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by melkor on Sat 14th Jul 2007 01:59 in reply to "Ooookay..."
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Missed this story yesterday, I, of course, am worried. We all know how helpful Apple was with giving back khtml code back to KDE...


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by Governa on Sat 14th Jul 2007 20:27 in reply to "RE: Ooookay..."
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@ Melkor

Not helpful you say?

"Over time, Apple spend significant resources to retool their relationship with KHTML and the open-source community in general by making the Webkit project an open-source one. It was complete with an anonymous CVS repository, a full history of changes from Apple's very first involvement in the project, a comprehensive web site with Bugzilla bug tracking, blog, mailing lists, IRC channel, and information for developers if they would like to help the project in any capacity."

I would say they have been pretty helpful.

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