Re: X is not dead (was Re: X is dead.)
On Thu, Apr 02, 1998 at 07:47:40AM -0500, Alex Yukhimets wrote:
[about my scenario: XFree86 GPLed]
> That's like making libc GPL'd - it means the end to all commercial GUI
> programs for Linux - like Applixware, StarOffice, etc. Even RMS don't
> think it is good. It is not a likely scenario, it's a dead-end scenario.
It's just as dead-end as the Open Group's attempt to close X.
Of course licensing XFree86 under GPL is akin to a doomsday device: a threat
so abhorrent it's mere existence ought to be enough to rule out its use.
Still, it is possible to relicense XFree86 in such a way that companies
enhancing core X technologies (e.g. xlib and xserver implementations) must
share code changes, without ruling out development of commercial X
applications or non-core technologies (e.g. Applixware, GUI toolkits, CDE
The Open Group has decided for now to stop being a team player; that's its
decision. It can expect a response from the other players. What form that
response will take, I leave to them.
I'm also interested in the response of Open Group's member companies; I
don't think they are stupid enough to believe closing X is in their
advantage. Have we seen any statements from them yet?
ART A friend of mine in Tulsa, Okla., when I was about eleven years old.
I'd be interested to hear from him. There are so many pseudos around taking
his name in vain.
- The Hipcrime Vocab by Chad C. Mulligan
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