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ZDNet: Tempest in a Caldera

Jul 06, 2001, 20:00 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

Acknowledging that Caldera's plan for per-seat licensing may "anger the zealots," Evan Leibovitch writes that Caldera's plan may actually work and that "the self-appointed Linux purity police" should applaud Caldera's moves as a show of diversity in the community.

"The new Caldera plan--which requires users to purchase a license (at at least $59 each) for every desktop running OpenLinux 3.1--runs counter to the conventional wisdom that says that every Linux OS CD-ROM should able to be copied freely or loaded on multiple systems without extra licensing."

"It's a risky move, but one that I neither hold in contempt nor deem doomed to failure. Caldera, for better or worse, is positioning itself as the company best able to mix the best of open source and proprietary code."

"Rather than booing the company, the Linux community should cheer the fact that the Linux spectrum allows such diversity. At one end we have distributions such as Debian, which closely track current releases and don't consider any non-free code as part of the collection. At the other, Caldera not only allows but welcomes proprietary programs as integral parts of what it calls the OS."

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