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: Comment by Brynet
by spiderman on Sat 26th Mar 2011 06:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
spiderman
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2008-10-23

Freedom is always relative. You will learn that there is no one true universal freedom. There is religious freedom and freedom from religion. There is political freedom and freedom from politics. There is GPL freedom and freedom from GPL. In that case, GPL enforces freedom from patents. On the other hand, it removes freedom to use patents. You are free to walk but it removes your freedom to stop someone from walking.
So yes, the GPL is free from patents and several other problems. Those who say it is not free have a political agenda that the GPL is trying to stop.

Edited 2011-03-26 06:52 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Brynet
by wazoox on Sat 26th Mar 2011 18:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
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2005-07-14

Software patents are horribly bad, anyway. So as a tool against software patents GPL3 has a point.

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RE[3]: Comment by Brynet
by kaiwai on Sun 27th Mar 2011 04:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Brynet"
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2005-07-06

Software patents are horribly bad, anyway. So as a tool against software patents GPL3 has a point.


Of course but try to explain to Joe and Jane Sixpack why they should care - they're more concerned about the boggy men (God, Guns and Gays) put up by senators and congressmen than actually demanding that these candidates put forward some coherent policies that extend beyond sound bite laden drivel. I know in the case of New Zealand outside the mainstream parties issues such as patents, intellectual property, net neutrality and so forth are discussed right up there with health, education and social welfare but once you get into the big mainstream parties such topics aren't even on the radar.

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