[linux-elitists] Nobody's favorite language? C++ and free software

Martin Pool mbp@samba.org
Tue Mar 25 22:21:48 PST 2003


On 25 Mar 2003, Alan DuBoff <aland@SoftOrchestra.com> wrote:
> On Tuesday 25 March 2003 15:14, Martin Pool wrote:
> > My very vague memory is that they began from code donated by Sun (?)
> > so they're not really represented of a native-born free project.
> 
> Missed this the first time around, but Xerces was not donated by Sun, it was 
> donated by IBM, and it was relicensed and branched off of some other code 
> they had, but was created as an open source project.
> 
> The fact that companies like IBM support and fund open source projects is 
> really a good thing, IMO.

Of course it's a good thing.  My point was that donated code sometimes
determines design decisions (e.g. choice of language) that would be
made differently if it was open source from the beginning.

-- 
Martin 



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