"Open Source Constitution"?

John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Sun Apr 10 06:51:56 UTC 2005

Chuck Swiger scripsit:

> Those people [2] who see a strong distinction between Microsoft selling a 
> product containing Open Source Software such as zlib and IPFW; Red Hat 
> selling a product containing OSS such as the Linux kernel and a mix of 
> GNU and BSD-licensed userland utilities; or Apple selling a product 
> containing OSS such as the Mach kernel plus a mix of BSD and GNU 
> utilities; are applying double standards.

There is no distinction among them as reusers of other people's Open
Source software.  There is a great distinction among them as to
whether the software they sell is itself Open Source (no, yes, some of it,

John Cowan  www.ccil.org/~cowan  www.reutershealth.com  jcowan at reutershealth.com
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