Welcome to Singularity :-)
Posted Mar 7, 2011 15:31 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Commitment to Open (Red Hat News)
Parent article: Commitment to Open (Red Hat News)
I thought the whole idea of GPL was so that no anyone could provide support to the same code.
Well, yes. The idea was that anyone can hack on the same code but author naturally will know it better then anyone and so can charge extra. But as we are moving closer and closer singularitywe find out that author does not keep the knowleadge in his head - it's delegated more and more to the computers (RedHat does not provide customers with just series of raw patches - there are bugs history, discussions, etc; all kept on RedHat's servers). The question about "how much of this precious and valuable knowleadge should be given to competitors?" is an interesting one. Certainly sources must be given for GPL requires that. But what about patch sequences? What about engineer's notes? The question is not as simple as it looks on first glance.
If you don't agree with GPL and its effets maybe you should not use it to licence your code.
But RedHat does agree with GPL. It provides all things GPL requests (source code used to compile binary) but if you want extra - there are price and conditions.
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