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SRO: Corel Clarification

Sep 24, 1999, 21:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Earlier this week, Corel upset an Open Source hornet nest by releasing its beta distribution of Corel Linux with a traditional, therefore highly restrictive, beta testing agreement. Some open source advocates took one look at this agreement and immediately proclaimed it in violation of the GNU Public License (GPL). Corel, seeing that the matter remained unsettled after saying that "because the software was beta there was no violation of the GPL," has now changed its tune..."

"Some open source advocates find this situation annoyingly amusing. As one anonymous Apache developer says, "The strength of Open Source is that everyone can peer-review your code so that your program is stronger. While I don't doubt that Corel supports Open Source, they still don't get that taking their own code Open Source from the get go, it would only improve their programs."

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