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Re: Google to launch PC operating system


From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Google to launch PC operating system
Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 21:18:37 -0700
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Rui Maciel <address@hidden> wrote:

> Tim Smith wrote:
> 
> > Which means the kernel will be GPL. 
> 
> The OS kernel is a major component of any operating system. Some 
> people even defend that the kernel is the OS. So that must count for 
> something.
> 
> 
> > They haven't said anything that I've
> > seen about the rest of the system other than it will be open source.
> 
> Well, if they are putting together an operating system and they 
> already stated that the kernel of their operating system will be 
> GPLed, then what's missing? If they happen to put up a non-GPLed 
> window manager does that mean that their OS ceasses to be based on 
> GPLed code?

Take a look at their other current OS: Android. GPL for the kernel. 
Apache license for most of the rest. That's open source, but one can 
make a proprietary fork of it.

Google usually doesn't use GPL for code unless they have to. Hence, I 
want to know why the original poster thinks Chrome OS will be GPL.


-- 
--Tim Smith


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