Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2012 20:09 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux "Linux vendor Canonical said it has 'no interest' in Linux kernel development. Two weeks ago a Linux Foundation report showed that since version 2.6.32, Microsoft had committed more code to the Linux kernel than Canonical. Since then, Canonical has faced claims from rivals that it does not contribute to Linux as much as it should given its popularity. Recently Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth told The Inquirer that his company has no interest in contributing to the Linux kernel." Why is this such a bad thing? You can contribute more to open source than code alone. Like, I don't know, users?
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tuma324
Member since:
2010-04-09

The GPL clearly states that if you use something that is GPL'ed and develop for it, you MUST give back those changes.

If you don't, then you are a leech and you deserve to get your ass beaten in court. Plain and simple.

Edited 2012-04-21 10:44 UTC

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Actually the GPL states, give forward. Not give back.

It states that if you give someone the binaries of a program you made or modified you should give that user the source.

It also is clear that you can ask money for the changes/code you made.

I believe the GPL also states it should be 'buildable' or have instructions.

It does not state anything about giving your modifications to the original developers.

All the GPL does is garantee that the user of the software is free to do with it what he/she wants (while complying to the GPL ofcourse).

So if you sell your modifications to some company, you'll have to give them the source. It does not mean that anyone else will get the source.

Obviously your or the company that you sold it to can give the binaries/source to the original developers if they want to. But there is nothing which demands that.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

And exactly what is it that Canonical does not give back?
Contributing code to the kernel is not a requirement for making a Linux distro and it's not a requirement for using the Linux kernel.
In fact, I doubt most Linux distros contribute any code to the kernel at all.

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