[linux-elitists] [ruben@mrbrklyn.com: Microsoft proposing FreeSoftware ban]

Brooklyn Linux Solutions CEO ruben@mrbrklyn.com
Thu May 3 21:15:15 PDT 2001

<<Some people not releasing source code >>

Right - it is embrasing and then extending the code and then not releasing
the source code is the problem.

<<isn't a particularly serious
problem if reverse engineering is available.>>

Nah - beleive it or not, not everything can easily be reversed engineered,
aside which their won't be enough with knowledge of software design left to
reverse the almost working programs.

<<Software patents and threats to reverse engineering are the
particularly egregious threats to free software.>>

Those are additional threates.

<<  Organizations that
don't release source code to particular programs aren't.  Free
software can do just fine without copyright -- can positive thrive --
as long as these other threats can be overcome.

Definetely not.  At least I don't beleive so. The whole TCP networking
intereface would be undermined in 6 months by a forced NT upgrade which
embraced the code and extended it.  In fact, that is still a threat. 
Kerabos anyone?

Where is JAY on this topic -- it is his favorite..........

Brooklyn Linux Solutions


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