Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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Apple Darwin is Read-Only
by Traumflug on Wed 25th Mar 2009 09:08 UTC
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2008-05-22

Apple's Darwin is a perfect example of how open source doesn't work. Yes, sources are available and the Darwin kernel is very similar (but not identical) to the Mac OS X kernel, but at the same time, Darwin's sources are read-only. Apple has proven many times to just ignore contributions.

If developers next to never can get their contributions into Mac OS X and into the machines of a wider audience, why would a person consider contributing something at all? As a result, contributions stalled and neither a GPL nor a BSD-style licence will help.

An example of where Apple does better is gcc. gcc is strong enough to exist independently of Apple's mercy.

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