The year of the Linux tablet?
Posted Aug 25, 2011 7:40 UTC (Thu) by ebassi
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I do not get the point of releasing free software that you don't want people to change -- maybe "shared source" a la MS would be a more appropriate license.
if we didn't really want people to change, contribute, extend and improve our work then I'm pretty sure we'd have chosen another license. or went completely over and used BSD/MIT/X11 instead of LGPLv2.1+.
we want to define what's GNOME more carefully and precisely, so that developers will be able to target that platform without having to care about conflicts within our own software caused by the combinatorial explosion of moving parts. we want to be able to say to a user that any awesome application targeting that platform is going to be as tightly integrated with it as any application we write. we want to be able to have a fully structured approach, from the kernel up to the SDK, so that users won't have to mess around with their distributions.
if that's perceived as "being like Apple" then I'd be proud, as it would mean that we're doing, in the open, something that a multi-billion dollar company does in secret; and, unlike with Apple, if people don't like it they can take full advantage of our license, and go do their own awesome thing without any fear of patents or copyright infringment.
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