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ComputerWorld: Linux Makers in China Allegedly Violating Terms

Jul 03, 2001, 23:33 (37 Talkback[s])

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A reader writes: This article discusses the worries that Chinese distributions are not sharing their modified source code according to Red Hat. However, the distinction between creating closed proprietary software solutions on top of Linux and creating proprietary modifications to something like the kernel source is not clear in the article.

"Linux software developers in mainland China are acting against the spirit of open-source programming by not sharing their modified source code, Red Hat VP and Managing Director Mark White said last week."

"'China has a history of being able to take U.S.- or European-developed software or technology products and then try and take control of [them] by wrapping a Chinese applications layer around it and saying it is now their technology,' White said. He added that this defeats the purpose of open source and does nothing to encourage Linux business."

"'The challenge that we've seen with companies like Redflag Software, Bluepoint, and to a lesser extent TurboLinux, particularly in the [China], is that they've been very welcoming to take this [open] source code and do something with it, but are less welcoming to distribute their changes,' White said."

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