ZDNet: Is the GPL really "user hostile"?
Jun 14, 2000, 16:37 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)
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"Last week's column certainly got some folks' attention. My
analysis of the way that Microsoft tried to hijack the Kerberos
protocol generated more than its share of comment."
"In trying to make some sense of the feedback, I realized that
many people thought that I had confused the Kerberos code with the
The Internet Engineering Task Force specification based on
Kerberos. Indeed, it's the Kerberos reference code that is the
source of my complaint, and specifically that its BSD-based license
makes it all-too-easy for people to make proprietary extensions.
It's also quite true that even if the Kerberos code was covered by
the GNU General Public License (GPL), any would-be hijacker could
still not be completely thwarted -- they could simply rewrite the
whole thing from scratch, avoiding the copylefted code completely,
and still mangle the standard. My point is just that it would have
been more difficult to subvert Kerberos, not impossible, had the
reference code been under the GPL. That's all."
"Good place for a trademark? Most of the responses I received,
both personally and in the ZDNet talkback area, were thoughtful.
A few people pointed out that the best way to really prevent
such standards from being subverted is by the protection of the
Kerberos name by trademark. The point is to let developers make
anything they want, but if the finished product subverts Kerberos
and isn't interoperable, it can't call itself Kerberos
- Librenix: The BSD License & the GPL: Why we need both(Jun 13, 2000)
- The Standard: Kerberos Loophole May Close Around Microsoft's Neck(May 21, 2000)
- Inter@ctive Week: Kerberos In The Legal Limelight(May 20, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: Rant Mode Equals One: M$ Losing Ugly on Kerberos(May 20, 2000)
- UPDATE: The Standard: Slashdot Skirts Microsoft's Kerberos Rule(May 11, 2000)
- LinuxWorld: The Gates of Hades - Microsoft attempts to co-opt Kerberos(Apr 20, 2000)
- The Economist: Microsoft: Deadly Embrace [& Extend of Kerberos](Apr 04, 2000)
- Linux.com: Piracy, Marketing, and the GPL(Mar 17, 2000)