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LinuxWorld: Proprietary code doesn't kill competition - people with proprietary code kill competition

Apr 30, 2000, 20:13 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"But my point is that open, closed, proprietary, and free source code are weapons wielded by both sides. They are not in themselves good or evil."

"These matters are currently close to my heart, since I work with the Linux Standard Base (LSB). I want to make it clear that it is by no means the goal of LSB to encourage the use of proprietary software. But as we get nearer to completion of the LSB specification, it occurs to me that LSB could encourage the use of proprietary software as a side effect."

"One of the goals of LSB is to allow Linux providers to differentiate their products without breaking application compatibility. LSB is concerned only with the layer above the Linux kernel, which determines whether or not an application will install properly and run reliably. The point is to enable customers to choose the Linux distribution that best suits their needs without fear that they will encounter problems running their favorite applications."

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