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  • Key parts of complex software systems are true intellectual property of the creators, and the owners would never open up that code.
  • The copyright laws in the United States might be a good deterrent to theft of U.S. software within the U.S., but they are no help in other countries.
  • Some source code has national-security purposes and opening it up would compromise the defense of the country that created it.
  • Safety-critical software already is inspected closely for quality. There is little additional benefit to letting software buyers look at it.

  • Linux does Windows; Farhad Manjoo; March 3, 2003 -- decent, balanced article: "Desktop open-source operating systems are ready for prime-time and available from Wal-Mart. But if they look and act just the same as software from Redmond, what's the point?"

  • oops, lost the link -- a semi-humorous story about the origin of open source, mentioning "Richard the Stall-man" IIRC, and copyrighted with all rights reserved -- makes me think I should come up with a short pithy statement of what is good / different about the GPL -- IIRC: Open source lets anyone steal your code (??), GPL allows them to "steal" but they must give back the improvements -- if you create something open source, some licenses (BSD?) let others close it -- GPL forbids that except as a private person (or corporation) who makes changes but never "distributes" the resulting binary (or source). You can sell GPL'd software, but so can anyone else -- generally, you need an added value.

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  • () RandyKramer - 06 Dec 2002
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