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Aug 20, 2001, 20:42 (22 Talkback[s])
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"...Now we haven't attacked the GPL other than to say it was never intended to be a business model. We will continue to use the GPL where it is good to use. That is, if you want to create ubiquitous standards and infrastructure components, by all means, use the GPL. We will not violate that, and have not. What we're saying is that we are creating solutions, not just the bits and bytes of open source. We're doing the integration, we're testing the certification, to create product solutions targeted at our market. So what we have, if you look at our license, is an overlay, but any of the bits and bytes that are GPL'd, those are freely available and you can download those. We aren't going to put our system images out there and take all the work that we're investing in -- and that's our work -- the integration and testing and the layers above Linux. We are not going to give that free. But we won't violate the GPL -- all those system bytes are available from the internet.

So some of it is, again, a misperception of what we are all about -- a lot of misquotes and a lot of people trying to sensationalize what is in reality, I think, the only viable business model going forward. That is, give back to the GPL and the underlying layers and assure that's freely available. You don't have to do all your work and give it away free. Then you develop layers above that which are licensed differently -- that do not necessarily require everything should be given away free.

I think Caldera is trying to take the lead, and when you take the lead you take shots. I was just at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference an Conference and we had a panel, and I would say 85 percent of the people in that audience were in concurrence with this concept that we purported. That is, make sure you have open source -- give that back -- don't violate that -- but go ahead and develop layers above that provide value and they don't necessarily have to be "GPL'd," but you can provide open access, which is something we talked about last year when we made this announcement. "

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