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Upside: Be Inc. stumbles with open-source crowd [over GPL violation]

Apr 22, 2000, 19:37 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Former Debian developer Bruce Perens announced on this Technocrat.net website that one of his debugging tools, dubbed Electric Fence, had been included in the proprietary BeOS C library in violation of GNU General Public License and was being distributed in binary form only -- i.e., without source code."

"Perens, who called the switch an "honest mistake," said he had been contacted by Be Inc. representatives and had signed a letter of understanding in which he promised not to sue the company for infringing on the original GPL license."

"Still, the two-day episode underlined the growing anxiety about the GNU General Public License's legal viability now that commercial software companies are becoming more cozy with the free software community."

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