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[2]: Apple
by meianoite on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Apple"
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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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