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Don't Be Evil Means Don't Be Evil

Oct 12, 2009, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"That revelation alone was enough to raise torches and pitchforks on the horizon, but that wasn't all. Google didn't just fail to hand out the goods to everyone in the class — they called in the gLaw team to have a go at it, using Non-Disclosure Agreements to keep the kits under wraps. As anyone who has been involved with the Open Source community for more than a few minutes can attest, legal teams aren't particularly popular. Those carting silencers, like NDAs, may find themselves tarred and feathered.

"Silencer is a good term for it, as silence was Google's only response, including when two hundred developers petitioned for answers. The company — or at least, one of its minions — eventually spoke, but by all appearances not before consulting anyone with any knowledge of the Open Source world. The twenty-six word response read:

""We appreciate the enthusiasm of our developers and we're excited that you're so passionate about the Android platform. Thanks for taking the time to send this."

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