Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE[4]: Comment by DrillSgt
by clhodapp on Thu 29th Apr 2010 18:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by DrillSgt"
clhodapp
Member since:
2009-12-04

I think it is important to note that when Apple bought CUPS, it was already GPL'ed, so if they had not shared it, there would have been outrage followed by a fork. Also, they forked Webkit from KHTML, making it a derivative work of LGPL'ed code, so they have to be open with that as well. I would say that Apple's stance on open standards is this: they are willing to use open standards/code when it is convenient for them, and are not evil about it when they do. The problem that we have is that it is they are not above being evil about other things.

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RE[5]: Comment by DrillSgt
by whorider on Thu 29th Apr 2010 19:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by DrillSgt"
whorider Member since:
2009-03-20

Excellent point.

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RE[5]: Comment by DrillSgt
by apoclypse on Thu 29th Apr 2010 20:30 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by DrillSgt"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

I see your point but its irrelevant. Apple could of just wrote their own or licensed a proprietary solution, the same goes for webkit. They decided to go with more open solutions and have been heavy contributors to the OSS world eventhough they have the capital and technical staff to roll their own stuff if they wanted to. Saying that the projects were GPL before or BSD doesn't mean anything, it just means that they chose open solutions to build upon.

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RE[6]: Comment by DrillSgt
by jptros on Fri 30th Apr 2010 20:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by DrillSgt"
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2005-08-26

I don't know what was said at Apple when deciding on how to go about implementing printing support even building a web browser anymore than you but my gut feeling tells me the cost of development from scratch vs. cost of development from utilizing existing solutions was brought up in the discussion.

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