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[19]: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Fri 13th Jul 2007 19:51 UTC in reply to "RE[18]: Re: Say What?"
cyclops
Member since:
2006-03-12

I wasn't all that familer with what Apple had taken from open-source or what it it given back, becuase I see precious little, after closer examination. Its actually worse than I thought.

Lets nitpick...because. Its easier to nitpick. Its not a BSD license and thats the end-of it. The creators of the project thought that the BSD license did not fulfill their needs. Does it interest Apple...absolutely because they are not interested in sharing, that does not mean some current maintainers do not get money for services out of the deal. In fact thats part of the pattern, of which CUPS is one project in.

There open source strategy is simple two-tier. Proprietary closed versions by Apple of Open-source source projects being better, Simply by taking and not giving back. Thats not exactly sharing your IP. FreeBSD is an excellent example of this.

What open-source work they do is pitiful, with only on a select few projects, which you exaggerate out of all proportion...and then go on to contradict yourself that they are a proprietary company so don't have to share, or the license allows it etc etc. Pick a door

The funny thing about your post is you quote other closed source companies. The major difference is *you* are not claiming they are Open-source advocates, and does not excuse Apples behavior.

Code may be unmaintained in the kernel, although nothing I use, so I suspect your exaggerating a touch. The difference is it is available. You can even *pay* for the driver to be maintained fixed. You can't with a binary blobs that Apple loves.

Seriously I love the fact that Linux code for wireless drivers from companies and Apple don't.

Again I love the fact that you cannot use hardware thats available to apple, but not to the project that it liberally gets code from. This is just what I expect. It highlights a flaw in BSD, which relies on people *contributing* code.

I find it especially fun that *you* bought incompatible hardware for an OS *you* promote, and ask for a handout to correct your problems.

Edited 2007-07-13 19:54

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RE[20]: Re: Say What?
by meianoite on Fri 13th Jul 2007 20:01 in reply to "RE[19]: Re: Say What?"
meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

I simply won't repeat every point I already made and you pretend you didn't understand while throwing red herrings all along the way. But I can't leave this one out:

I find it especially fun that *you* bought incompatible hardware for an OS *you* promote, and ask for a handout to correct your problems.


GET A CLUE, DUDE. I do live in a 3rd world country and I really can count the sweat of saving that money in litres, but that last sentence was s a r c a s m!

I'm done with you. Have a nice day.


Edit: Breathe. Inspire. Expire. Slowly. Breathe. Count to 10.

Edited 2007-07-13 20:03

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