Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Mar 2011 02:00 UTC
Mac OS X When you run smbd -V on your Snow Leopard installation, you'll see it's running SAMBA version 3.0.28a-apple. While I'm not sure how much difference the "-apple" makes, version 3.0.28a is old. Very old. In other words, it's riddled with bugs. Apple hasn't updated SAMBA in 3 years, and for Lion, they're dumping it altogether for something homegrown. The reason? SAMBA is now GPLv3.
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RE: Apple's Samba is GPL2
by Nth_Man on Sat 26th Mar 2011 05:48 UTC in reply to "Apple's Samba is GPL2"
Nth_Man
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2010-05-16

If you are a corporation, GPLv3 is indeed bad.

If the plan of those corporations was: getting the customers into a vendor lock-in... yes, it's bad for those corporations.

If the plan included putting hardware restrictions on software modifications, so that John had to depend on those corporations to modify the device that John bought... yes, it's bad for those money-sucking corporations [see what happened with "tivoization"].

it opens up a bunch of liabilities for you and is an invitation to get sued. [...] GPLv3 requires each distributor of the the software or patches to indemnify that software against patent violations - including patents held by third parties. [...] It's possible, but not practical.

This is not even real, instead of a long explanation, we can see the example of Linux distributions, plenty of GPLv3 software, and companies like Canonical, Novell, Red Hat, Oracle, etc that distribute them. I can tell you that they have lawyers :-)

Edited 2011-03-26 05:52 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

True. I also think history has shown us that sometimes companies need to be protected from themselves. The economy as a whole works best when there is more competition. The corporate modus operandi is to grow profits as large as possible, which leads to monopolistic behaviour, which would kill itself in the long run. Its like when an organ of the body becomes cancerous, its cells just want to grow and multiply but end up killing the whole body instead of improving the functioning of the body.

We need controls on corporate greed, for the sake of the good of all the corporations ( as well as the consumers, obviously). GPL V3 is such a control. The increased adoption of it, would be a good thing for many companies, including those that are afraid of it.

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