Multitouch support for Ubuntu 10.10
Posted Aug 17, 2010 13:58 UTC (Tue) by hppnq
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The FSF guarantees that they will not hijack your code. Cannonical does not.
The only sane reason to require copyright assignment, is that you can relicense the software covered by it. The FSF promises to not release the software under a non-free license, Canonical indicates that it may do exactly that. There is nothing mysterious about this.
There are several kinds of Free Software that permit this kind of behaviour, and this is certainly not universally recognized as hijacking. Although, believe it or not, some people get freaked out by the idea that their software might someday be released under GPLv4. As always, if dealing with a piece of software requires a certain amount of reading so you can enter an agreement, you should bloody well read it. Superstition ain't the way.
What happens if Oracle buys Cannonical?
Mark Shuttleworth is catapulted into space laughing hysterically and releases Ibinti upon his safe return?
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