Tue Aug 30 17:20:58 CDT 2005
large areas that are incomplete or in need of much improvement. That seems
different than some of the more well known examples of BSD licensed projects
that's cited as examples of doing fine with a BSD license.
In other words, let's say Wine is "half-way" done (or more). Who would you
want to complete it? Yourselves or companies that would not contribute their
code back to the community?
Didn't the fragmentation of Unix come from several companies using a BSD or
proprietary licensed codebase?
That fragmentation hasn't been a problem with Linux since it was GPL from day
one. So Linus and the community are still the ones with control and ownership
of Linux, not any single company.
If several different *competing* companies take off with the existing Wine
code it will without doubt fragment. In fact it seems like it already has. If
there are several different proprietary Wines floating around without
improvements and code available then the Wine group's leverage of being the
"official source" would diminish in a way that Linux, GNU, KDE, etc have
manged to maintain with the *GPL license.
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