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 milles21 on Fri 13th Jul 2007 14:37 UTC
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Come on, everything is not some plot. Apple already contributes to a number of opensource projects and everyone does not have to operate or do things exactly thye same meaning your interpretation of the GPL to have the same common goal. Owning something does not mean that you are out to destroy it. People do'nt buy art to destroy it, My theory is that they purchased it because they had some unique feature that they likely wanted to integrate with Leopard or the iphone and saw that it may be easire if they owned the rights and employed the lead CUPS programmer. I am sure the purchased it to have the ability to integrate certain features in their os without some huge community drawback because now the own it. People may sy well they paid for it, and lets keep in mind it was for sell obviously, Apple did not use Microsoft tactics to squeeze anyone out of anyt

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by cyclops on Fri 13th Jul 2007 15:32 in reply to "CUPS APPLE"
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I'm tired of words like "plot" or "conspiracy" etc etc. I Admit it does make the whole thing more exciting. Apple having examined there contributions, only contribute forced by a copyleft license, or work around the license by making it incompatible, or focus on alternative solutions, or buy out the copyright.

It is *not* an open source company, they are simply incapable of filling large gaps in a complete OS, without mining open-source, but they do not work collaboratively with those projects to a common end.

The fact that you talk about "Unique" feature says it all. The simple fact is if its Unique its not shared its propriatery.

They bought out the software company, to obtain copyright to the code, thats standard practice for almost *everything* that we see in Vista today.

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by milles21 on Fri 13th Jul 2007 17:26 in reply to "RE: CUPS APPLE"
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I agree with you the bought it meaning it had to be for sale. Microsoft could have bouhgt it, hell Pepsi could have the fact remains that Apple is not an open source company and the do contribute regardless of whether you may feel their contributions are in good faith. The fact is that they meet the requirements and that is all that is asked by the license. Maybe the FSF should have purchased it and there would be no discussion untill then there really should be no issue apple has not said we are changing anything.

Everyone is so conspiracy sensitive

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by cyclops on Fri 13th Jul 2007 18:02 in reply to "RE: CUPS APPLE"
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"Apple is not an open source company and the do contribute regardless of whether you may feel their contributions are in good faith."

Apple do not make *any* contributions in good faith. In fact as we delve deeper. We are yet to see anything that does not point to *using* but not contributing to. The Exception if GCC owned in the same way by the FSF, and they have to be we see that they are trying to move to a more BSD licensed product so they can code mine again, and they do that because their simply is not an alternative on the scale or quality of GCC. They have no choice.

"FSF should have purchased it" do you even know who the FSF foundation is? I won't warrant that with a reply.

The conspiracy argument does not work here. Conspiracies imply more than one group is involved...they conspire. This is Apple a single company they act like they have always acted. In what they believe to be their own best interest. They are not even doing it in secret they *publicly* bought out an open source software product. They use masses of Open source code, and contribute little back. They don't do anything secretly.

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