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 cyclops on Fri 13th Jul 2007 23:27 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: CUPS APPLE"
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LLVM uses GCC as a frontend...and Apple is getting a new frontend.

I know what "do your own research mean" it means there is nothing else, but *I* did not know about Mozilla and Samba but it does not surprise me, although I fully expect to see the same pattern. Although I'm pretty certain that support for Mozilla was a long time ago for obvious reasons.

Again not really a lot is it. In fact its interesting to see what parts of the OS Apple cannot create in house.


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by KugelKurt on Fri 13th Jul 2007 23:46 in reply to "RE[11]: CUPS APPLE"
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> I fully expect to see the same pattern
As I said: You dismiss Apple's involvement like you did with LLVM.

> In fact its interesting to see what parts of the OS Apple cannot create in house.

Apple is a multi-billion dollar company. They can hire whoever they want to develop software. And they do. It not that Apple just take OSS code and port it to Mac OS. They employ developers to do more than just porting work.
Printing, file sharing, compilers, ect. are not areas where Apple wants to do business. Thus it doesn't hurt them to contribute to open source software.
Apple developers work on way more complex software like the Final Cut Studio package, Aperture, and so on.

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