Banshee Amazon Store disabled in Ubuntu 11.04 by Canonical (Network World)
Posted Feb 18, 2011 12:14 UTC (Fri) by anselm
In reply to: Banshee Amazon Store disabled in Ubuntu 11.04 by Canonical (Network World)
Parent article: Banshee Amazon Store disabled in Ubuntu 11.04 by Canonical (Network World)
Banshee is MIT-licensed free software. If Novell does not want people to adopt its software and change it, they should not publish it as free software in the first place. (Actually, Banshee isn't a »Novell product« in the sense that some PHB at Novell went to their developers and told them to write a new music player – Novell just funds a bunch of free-software developers who had the music player already –, so it probably isn't up to some PHB at Novell to determine its licensing, but that is neither here nor there.) For all we know, Microsoft could take up Banshee, make it the official audio player in Windows 8, and change the music store setup such that all the revenue goes to Microsoft – and there is precisely nothing Novell could do about it.
One might argue that it is unfair for Canonical to point their version of Banshee to their own music store, but it makes sense for them and does not conflict with Banshee's license. (Even the Banshee developers don't really seem to mind.) On the other hand, under the present arrangement every Ubuntu system out there – and there are rather a lot of them – comes with a copy of Banshee rather than some other music player, so Banshee gets a lot of exposure that it otherwise might not have had. Given that the object of Banshee development is presumably not to make money for the GNOME foundation, but to produce a cool and popular music player and keep its developers entertained in the process, this may not be a bad thing. (And if, as you suggest, Novell is so disgusted with the affair to stop funding further Banshee development, it would probably make sense for Canonical to step in.)
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