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[6]: Comment by Brynet
by BluenoseJake on Mon 28th Mar 2011 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Brynet"
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That still isn't the same as software development, foss, or otherwise, it's different issue all together. One (the doctor) has no choice, he isn't working for himself, building a product, he is dealing directly with you, and your body. It's your body, and you might die if he withholds information/treatment whatever. You don't have a choice in using another body if yours is malfunctioning. You can change doctors, that's it.

The other is software development, where the developer is building a product. He has the right to distribute the product anyway he wants, and you have the right to use a different product. You have the right to demand timely fixes to bugs, something a doctor can't provide. The developer has a right to get paid. The doctor gets paid whether you die or not. It's in his best interests to make all the relevant facts available to you. It might not be in the developers best interests to release the code. It may not be in his best interests to close the code. That's up to him, and it's up to you if you use it.

They are not the same, in any way.

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RE[7]: Comment by Brynet
by ichi on Mon 28th Mar 2011 15:55 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Brynet"
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You are grasping at straws there: both doctors and architects (the examples given, but you can find that in other professions) provide full comprehensive documentation of their work (ie. the "source", not just abstracts), from procedures down to materials, which can be used by anyone else to make improvements or fix errors.

If the public availability of blueprints and used materials is not akin to FOSS (to the extent it can be, being completely unrelated professions) I don't know what it is.

That was the OP's point.

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RE[8]: Comment by Brynet
by mrstep on Mon 28th Mar 2011 23:39 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Brynet"
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If you want to hire a doctor for an opinion and not actual surgery, then likewise hire a software architect to tell you how to build your own friggin' word processor. Both will expect to be paid. That's NOT what you're paying for when you buy a copy of Word.

If you want to hire a drug company to research / invent new drugs for you, expect it to cost a lot and assume you're going to be trying to set up ways to cover the R&D costs, unless of course you're independently wealthy, in which case you can of course espouse communism in whatever profession you want.

Or maybe you're thinking of an author who expects to be paid per copy of his book even if you feel like you could write it yourself or edit certain sentences - or re-print it yourself if the publisher goes belly up?

The software communism crap is just ludicrous.

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