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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

Not quite, if it means that Apple will get printers which Linux *won't* get because printer manufacturers will only release it for the non-GPL version...I certainly wouldn't call that a great situation all-around!


Surely if you bought a printer, and it had a closed-source driver for MacOSX, and MacOSX was using CUPs, then that same driver could be used on Linux.

It would be even more attractive for printer manufacturers if they could cover the MacOSX and the Linux market at the same time.

After all, what does it matter to a printer manufacturer what OS users are running?

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