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GNU, GPL, Open Source The OSI License-Discuss mailing list has been ablaze for the past few days since Microsoft submitted its Permissive License to the OSI for official open source license approval. Jon Rosenberg, source program director for Microsoft, posted, "Microsoft believes that this license provides unique value to the open source community by delivering simplicity, brevity, and permissive terms combined with intellectual property protection."
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Google and Open Source
by CrazyDude0 on Sun 19th Aug 2007 00:45 UTC
CrazyDude0
Member since:
2005-07-10

Google is perfectly exploiting the open source community's MS hate. My question to google is, if you are that friendly to open source then:

1. Where is the modified linux kernel that you use on your servers?
2. Where is the source code for your search engine?
3. Where is the source code for other applications you build like google desktop etc.

Sorry google is not a company I would like to defend for pro open source stance.

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RE: Google and Open Source
by saxiyn on Sun 19th Aug 2007 03:03 in reply to "Google and Open Source"
saxiyn Member since:
2005-07-08

"1. Where is the modified linux kernel that you use on your servers?"

Note that GPLv2 under which linux kernel is licensed allows making private modifications without releasing them.

However, Google also sells "Google Search Appliance" which runs their modified linux kernel. Still, GPLv2 only requires them to distribute the source to GSA customers. But Google is being nice, and you can download all modifications to open source softwares on GSA here:

http://code.google.com/mirror/gsa.html

I hope that answers your question adequately.

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v RE[2]: Google and Open Source
by CrazyDude0 on Sun 19th Aug 2007 03:26 in reply to "RE: Google and Open Source"
RE: Google and Open Source
by ma_d on Sun 19th Aug 2007 19:42 in reply to "Google and Open Source"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

Google has nothing to do with this thread outside of the salary they pay Chris DiBona. Please, get back on topic.

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