Wine license change

Paul Millar paulm at
Wed Feb 13 13:09:02 CST 2002

On Wed, 13 Feb 2002, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 11:24 PM 2/10/2002, Marcus Brubaker wrote:
> >I doubt they would release "absolutely as much as they can" because 
> >releasing *anything* can potentially forfeit a part of competitive 
> >advantage.
> Not true. There's always a cost/benefit analysis to be done. Since NOT
> contributing code incurs a heavy cost in manpower, and also (if it's
> a bug fix) reduces the public's confidence in WINE and derivatives of
> it, it really pays to do so unless the code is highly strategic.

This is the crux of the issue. What if the business model relies upon
retaining the IP-rights associated with the in-house written code? There
the cost/benefit balance would be tipped towards non-disclosure.


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