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CMP Net: Apple Open Source License Draws Criticism

Mar 24, 1999, 07:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Maclachlan)

"Major high-tech players may be adopting open source business models, but the open source community has been slow to embrace these corporations."

"Apple Computer is learning this lesson as its new open source initiative has sparked a wave of debate throughout the community. The company announced last week that it would release portions of its new Mac OS X Server as open source. Developers who want to use the source must sign the Apple Public Source License, or APSL, which outlines the rights and duties they have when using the code."

"Both Eric Raymond, a vocal open source evangelists and founder of the Open Source Initiative, and Chip Salzenberg, an OSI board member, gave the APSL their blessing."

"However, three other noted open source luminaries have now weighed in with several concerns that are outlined in a document titled The Apple Public Source License-Our Concerns."

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