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[DotGNU]new Samba license? (was Re: [Mono-list] Samba Implications?)

From: S11001001
Subject: [DotGNU]new Samba license? (was Re: [Mono-list] Samba Implications?)
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2002 15:13:58 -0600
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Brian Crowell wrote:
Microsoft can't just make Samba illegal... can they?
Are they saying that no one can use Samba ever again?  I can't believe
that such a license is possible.

It is, since Microsoft does own the patents. This is the very reason that
free software organizations frown on patents; their express purpose is to
grant the owner "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering
for sale, or selling" the patented invention.

I've noticed this is part of a recent trend of gleeful revenge from
Microsoft. When Sun prevented Microsoft from shipping new versions of the
Java runtime with Windows, Microsoft countered by not including a Java
runtime at all. It's dirty, but you have to admit, Sun did get what it asked
for. Now the states want Microsoft to license its proprietary technology to
competitors, and so Microsoft will comply, but with its own retaliatory
twist. The states are getting what they asked for -- just not what they

It's brilliant. Devious and twisted, but brilliant.

For its own sake, Samba can still switch licenses. I hear X11 is popular
these days...  :P

More specifically, M$ is banning "IPR Impairing License"s. From the new license:

1.4 "IPR Impairing License" shall mean the GNU General Public License, the
GNU Lesser/Library General Public License, and any license that requires
in any instance that other software distributed with software subject to
such license (a) be disclosed and distributed in source code form; (b) be
licensed for purposes of making derivative works; or (c) be
redistributable at no charge.

Ignoring the blatant, upfront attack on GNU licenses, M$'s attempt to define copyleft is way off course; not even the GPL places any restrictions on "software distributed with software subject to such license".

Hmm, this could be read a couple of different ways... ;)

FORTRAN, "the infantile disorder", by now nearly 20 years old, is hopelessly
inadequate for whatever computer application you have in mind today: it is
too clumsy, too risky, and too expensive to use.
                -- Edsger W. Dijkstra, SIGPLAN Notices, Volume 17, Number 5

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