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 nevali on Thu 12th Jul 2007 21:17 UTC
nevali
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2006-10-12

For those who missed it:

The copyright on CUPS was already owned by a company, and that company opted to release CUPS under the GPL.

Apple bought that company.

Apple now owns the copyrights to CUPS, and will continue to use the GPL for future releases. By nature of the GPL, even if they didn't use the GPL for future releases, existing releases (which are widely used) still will be, and Apple (or anybody else) is unable to change that.

To answer the question of the delay between February and Now: I'm speculating, but I'd imagine sorting out all of the finer legal points of the purchase had something to do with it.

There is precisely nothing to worry or complain about with this announcement: Apple is paying for the continued development of one of the better pieces of open source software. There actually isn't a better way to “give back to the community”.

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RE: Er
by sbergman27 on Thu 12th Jul 2007 21:38 in reply to "Er"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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There is precisely nothing to worry or complain about with this announcement
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Comforting words. In an odd sort of way, they remind me of these words spoken by Patrick Allen:

"If any member of the family should die whilst in the shelter from contamination,
Put them outside, but remember to tag them first for identification purposes.
Mine is the last voice that you will ever hear, do not be alarmed."

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RE: Er
by Morgan on Thu 12th Jul 2007 23:37 in reply to "Er"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

There is precisely nothing to worry or complain about with this announcement

Or, in other words, "Nothing to see here, move along!" Call me paranoid, but I'm just a bit wary of this deal. Time will tell, I guess.

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