[Ilugc] Open source + GPL
arvindn at meenakshi.cs.iitm.ernet.in
Fri Jun 25 19:36:16 IST 2004
On Fri, Jun 25, 2004 at 04:54:14PM +0800, bsd unix wrote:
> Hello praveen / all
> I'am sorry id it had hurt the list .
> I take back my word " which i feel nobody will benefit "
> Could you kondly give me some points, how the software / other industry can grow using gpl ?
> if i use gpl, i'm forced to release the source to everyone.
That's completely untrue. Just shows you haven't even read the GPL.
Google uses (a lot of) GPL software. But they don't have to release their
source. They have recently announced that they will be releasing some of
their code, but that's by choice, not because they were *forced* to.
Only if you distribute binaries are you forced to release the corresponding
Please go read up and get a basic understanding of the GPL before you
assume that it is useless or whatever.
Redhat/IBM etc. have built up billion dollar businesses involving GPL'd
software. I think you'll agree that they are part of the software industry.
Q: Do you ever think about quantum computing?
Linus: I think that's a load of bull.
(From a Linux Lunacy cruise interview. After the presumptuous disparagement
of QC, Linus goes on to confuse it with DNA computing.)
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