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ZDNet: Open source's black hole (Mac's OS X)

May 02, 2001, 17:51 (61 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

[ Thanks to Henry for this link. ]

This column argues that calling OS X an embrace of Open Source on the part of Apple is a lie, and cites the license of the code Apple used to back up that assertion, maintaining that Apple has taken plenty and given nothing back, exactly as it's entitled. Beyond that, we read that Apple's behavior may even be hurting the Open Source community at large.

Two examples Leibovitch gives are QuickTime support, decoders for which Apple not only won't provide in binary form but actively discourages development on; and TrueType support, which, while moving ahead in terms of maturity, is under a potential legal cloud should Apple decide to weigh in against the FreeType project.

"Because Apple is using technology licensed without restrictions, rather than under the GPL commonly found in Linux software, the company can use Mach code, exploit what the open source community has done, make proprietary modifications, and give back nothing of substance. And that appears to be exactly what Apple has done," he argues. Complete Column

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