Posted May 23, 2007 13:56 UTC (Wed) by dank
In reply to: Google ?
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
I think the reason people are worrying that Google might not
be a great free software community citizen is that it's not
easy for outsiders to tell how much of Google's infrastructure
involves GPL'd code, and furthermore how many enhancements Google
is making to GPL'd code but is not contributing back to the public.
Maybe it would help for Google to invite an outside observer (Eben?)
to have a look and report back to the community.
Chris DiBona said in http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2132480,00.asp
"I can look at any end binary in the company and I can tell you what open-source software is expressed within thatbecause of the way that we manage our code base."
That might be a starting point for the outside observer: Chris could
give him or her a tour through the Google infrastructure and show
just how much or little GPL code is linked in.
It's worth noting that Google ships some of their infrastructure
as part of their Search Appliance, which means that even without
the service provider clause in the new GPL, they are forced to
be very careful about linking in GPL'd software.
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