On Mon, 03 Apr 2006 00:20:55 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> MS could be digging their own graves with this.
> Remember all the BSD stuff that is/was incorporated into Windows? I am not
> too familiar with the legal issues surrounding this, but this could
> develop into something very interesting and complex.
IIRC, that was one of the fundamental philosophical differences between
"free software" and "open source". The one - BSD-licensing - allowed
anyone to snarf the code and do as they damn well please with it,
including bundling it in closed commercial apps, whereas the other
required that the code remain open.
If, in fact, BSD-licensed code did work this way, as memory suggests,
there's bugger all they can do about MS using it that way - that was what
the license allowed.
> Microsoft will not put the cards on the table before they ponder
> and assess the outcome of such a legal battle.
You mean, they won't SCO? :)
I'd be surprised if they actually did consider it. Or, rather, I'd be
surprised if they didn't consider it, decide it was worth the risk, then
get handed their hats from some relatively unexpected quarter.