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Posted May 22, 2009 6:32 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: FSF settles with Cisco
Parent article: FSF settles with Cisco
So, when you develop something that is derived from GPL, your
competitors will take all your changes for free and then sell the same
product cheaper, because it was you who paid for all this.
Sorry, but this is the same flaved argument nVidia is pushing - and it
was proved again and again that it's bogus. By the time competitors are
getting access to your code it's already to late: your product is on sale
and theirs is not. But the "lost productiovity" with BSD is much worse
threat. Read this. Yes, it's
true that FreeBSD and NetBSD have good kernels today - years after
Linux. And they head-start! BSD was mature OS when Linux was a joke!
What does it mean for business? Not only must you write your top-sikrit
proprietary part, you must spend enormous amount of money to play catch-up
with GPLed offers! Not a good business investment at all.
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