They're involved in the distribution
Posted Jul 12, 2007 10:05 UTC (Thu) by ekj
In reply to: They're involved in the distribution
Parent article: Microsoft's proclamation on GPLv3
I don't see how that's terribly worrisome. The GPL ensures a level playing-field, or as close as we know how to make it anyway.
The thing which gives MS power today is that they *alone* can define, debug, change what Windows does. If Windows was available under the GPL then 95% of the political reasons for not using it would go away.
Longer term the technical reasons migth evaporate too, who knows ?
There's still the problmes of tivoization, webservices and patents. We're working on fixing those, GPLv3 is made primarily to combat these scenarios.
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