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Sistina Software Announces Sistina GFS 5.2
Posted Jul 8, 2003 21:58 UTC (Tue) by mmarq (guest, #2332)
Would they be showing source code from their products in the convention, without a typical shared source NDA,...
Do they belive that everybody is stupid enough to belive a word they say ?... or... they want to see "damages" reactions after they sent SCO, palying with words like open-source...
Even someone that entered yesterday for the IT world, would say that this is not serious, period.
Posted Jul 9, 2003 15:15 UTC (Wed) by proski (subscriber, #104)
Posted Jul 8, 2003 22:08 UTC (Tue) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
SistinaGFS is proprietary, no locking at what is being done with your data, no fixing bugs, no helping your friends, no saving money for better causes etc.
Posted Jul 9, 2003 18:55 UTC (Wed) by christophe (guest, #1557)
They had the right to do that as we had the right to fork GFS. What bothered me is that they surprised all their users who spent a lot of time tracking bugs (and contributing functionnalities) and who suddenly had to pay when GFS started to be usable.I really enjoyed spending some times on GFS (stomithing) when it was GPL but I felt robed when they did the jump into proprietary land not because they did it but because of the manner.
Posted Jul 11, 2003 16:39 UTC (Fri) by Jerker (guest, #4582)
grep -i find | xargs grep -i copyright | grep -v -i -e sistina -e Mauelshagen
For the autoconf-scripts I found copyright notices for MIT and in the configure-script notices for FSF. Otherwise, only in LVM-1.0.7 the files kernel/lvm-snap.c and PATCHES/lvm-0.8final-2.4.0.patch seem to be copyrighted by anyone else than Sistina - Andrea Arcangeli <firstname.lastname@example.org> SuSE.
This seem to make it possible for Sistina to sell LVM at another license. Or make the same license switch they made with GFS also for LVM... Just let enough people depend on LVM and then I guess they can make a good business model out of it.
If this is the only way Sistina can make money, by all means keep going. But personally I don't like it, I prefer the code in Linux to be copyrighted by a lot of people. I can live with NVIDIAs binary only modules, but I don't depend on them unless I also buy their hardware. And I am reluctant to depend on MySQL - their new versions of their connectors now seem to be GPL and not LGPL. And I will try to stay away from LVM.
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