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LinuxGram: Sun Finds & Exploits Hole in the Precious GPL

Sep 15, 2000, 18:35 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Zipper)

"A gaping hole has been discovered in the GNU General Public License (GPL), the legal document at the heart of open source, and dear Sun has driven a Mack truck named Solaris x86 straight through it."

"At least that's how open source demigod Bruce Perens assesses the situation and he's the primary author of the "Open Source Definition," the philosophical basis of the open source movement."

"A less forgiving Donald Becker, CTO of Scyld Computing Corporation, however, says nuts to that. It's not a matter of an obliging hole in the GPL for Sun to sidestep through. It's that Sun has released software, namely its Linux-to-Solaris driver porting kit, in gross violation of the GPL...."

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