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: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:50 UTC 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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v RE[3]: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 20:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Re: Say What?"
RE[3]: Re: Say What?
by rainman on Fri 13th Jul 2007 00:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Re: Say What?"
rainman Member since:
2007-05-22

Not neccesarily, as just a contributer, Apple do not get to decide what goes into the main trunk


Apple is not "just a contributor," they own the copyright to _all_ of the code. This was only possible/feasible because Mr. Sweet insisted that all contributors give the copyright for all of their contributions to his company, Easy Software Solutions. Therefore, Apple was easily able to acquire the rights to all of the code. This would be either difficult or impossible with most FOSS projects, since individual contributors usually own the copyright to the code they contributed. If you own 100% of the code, you can relicense it any way you want. If not, you need the unanimous consent of all copyright holders.

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