Satire or Shallowness?
By webmink on Feb 04, 2005
I was reading some excellent satire over on DivisionTwo (so convincing it's had the lower IQ members of the Mac community raging over how anyone could be so shallow) when my attention was directed towards eWeek's staff
Sun-hater used-to-like-Sun-guy, Steven Vaughan-Nichols, who has mentioned me in an article today - I star in page 2.
At first read I assumed it was the same sort of satire as DivisionTwo trade in, but after a while it dawned on me that it wasn't. As I have spent a great deal of time and effort responding carefully to similar (if sometimes more thoughtful) comments in the very same Groklaw item SJVN implies I haven't seen (presumably he only read the top part and neglected to read my comments) I'll not repeat all the arguments here yet, but suffice to say that Steven is sadly mistaken, in a Slashdot-first-post sort of way.
To summarise: OpenSolaris is open source because it uses an OSI-approved license; Sun has been a leading member of the open source community of communities for years, participating fundamentally in things like Gnome, OpenOffice.org and Mozilla and many more; CDDL introduces no threat to any open source community but does offer genuine, provable patent safety to projects that use it; you are confusing copyrights and patents as are people who think they are safe from patent suits if they don't read encumbered source code; and you've misunderstood Larry Rosen's real point so badly it will have to wait for another posting. Sorry if the summary is cursory, it's late here in the UK.
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