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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Apple
by rx182 on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:51 UTC
rx182
Member since:
2005-07-08

iPrint!

No seriously, why did they buy that? For their server line? In that specific case, I doubt Apple will merge changes if they intend to use it commercially. Of course, I think that CUPS itself will remain free (GPL'ed).

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RE: Apple
by tspears on Thu 12th Jul 2007 20:13 in reply to "Apple"
tspears Member since:
2006-05-22

Novell already owns iPrint... In fact Novell and Motorola were using the i prefix before apple made a pig's ear out of it...

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RE: Apple
by KugelKurt on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:37 in reply to "Apple"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple already owned a license for CUPS to not be bound to the GPL for Mac OS X. Thus since CUPS is part of OSX, closed source CUPS drivers are allowed on Apple systems (incl. plain, OSS Darwin). The "old" dual licensing model didn't hurt Apple at all.
Maybe Apple wasn't pleased with the development speed of CUPS. So they hired that guy and while they where at it, bought all source rights. The money was peanuts for Apple anyway.

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RE[2]: Apple
by meianoite on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:42 in reply to "RE: Apple"
meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

Apple already owned a license for CUPS to not be bound to the GPL for Mac OS X. Thus since CUPS is part of OSX, closed source CUPS drivers are allowed on Apple systems (incl. plain, OSS Darwin). The "old" dual licensing model didn't hurt Apple at all.
Maybe Apple wasn't pleased with the development speed of CUPS. So they hired that guy and while they where at it, bought all source rights. The money was peanuts for Apple anyway.


Now that's refreshing: actual reasoning instead of flinging crap at everyone's second favourite sandbag (the undisputed first being Microsoft).

Perfect. Kudos!

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