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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Re: Say What?
by Bobmeister on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:42 UTC
Bobmeister
Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes...an interesting question, since open source CODE isn't really "owned" by anyone....I don't understand this either...but they did buy the "company" that was developing the code....

My feelings: No alarm...it seems as if everything will be OK, however Apple will do what it will to protect its own interests. The parts of the code that are developed specifically for OS-X are "exempt" from the GPL, according to the FAQ's..which would theoretically only affect OS-X code (which is closed now anyway)...and the rest of CUPS would be the same as before. If they hold to this, fine.

If they don't...there is no choice but to fork and break away from Apple for Linux, BSD, and the others....

It's nice that the developer has a salary though...and I'm thinking that this will be a pattern, where well established and useful open source projects will be taking "under wing" of a larger entity...it may even strengthen the movement in the long run. False turns like the Novell/MS deal could be negatives though.

I'm sitting in the bleachers watching and also wondering what all of this means....

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RE: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:50 in reply to "Re: Say What?"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

@Bobmeister since open source CODE isn't really "owned" by anyone.

...but apparently its owned by the copyright owners of the code, and thats what Apple bought.

If what you said was true they would have just *contributed* to the project.

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RE[2]: Re: Say What?
by Kroc on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:55 in reply to "RE: Re: Say What?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Not neccesarily, as just a contributer, Apple do not get to decide what goes into the main trunk, no more than I can decide what gets checked into Firefox trunk. It is the main developer's choice what gets checked in. Perhaps Apple want control over what goes into trunk so that they can either accelerate development and support for OS X, or guide the project in a particular direction (Like some sensible usability wouldn't go a miss)

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