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Re: Google to launch PC operating system

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Google to launch PC operating system
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:15:09 -0400
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
Tim Smith <> wrote:
In article <4a561002$0$7972$>, Rui Maciel
 <> wrote:

They haven't said anything that I've seen about the rest of the system other than it will be open source.

Well, if they are putting together an operating system and they
 already stated that the kernel of their operating system will
be GPLed, then what's missing? If they happen to put up a non-GPLed window manager does that mean that their OS ceasses to be based on GPLed code?

Take a look at their other current OS: Android. GPL for the kernel. Apache license for most of the rest. That's open source,
 but one can make a proprietary fork of it.

Google usually doesn't use GPL for code unless they have to. Hence, I want to know why the original poster thinks Chrome OS will be GPL.

I think that's more to do with the OP, Rjack, than any announcement. He hates the GPL with an intensity difficult to understand, possibly because he works for somebody with an interest
 in disparaging the GPL, though he's not prepared to shed any light
 on this.

Anyone who has followed my posts would know that I am retired and
financially independent of the commercial computer world. In fact,
I've probably got a lot more money than I have time left to play with
material toys. Alan, you have a history of attacking people's motives
since you must compensate for your utter ignorance concerning
U.S. copyright law. Your hypocrisy would leave you well qualified to
be a Republican Senator in the U.S. government.

Maybe he saw another opportunity to attack the GPL, and in his enthusiasm, didn't quite read the article through to the end.

I raised the issue of the GPL because any *real* threat from a Linux
kernel based application to Micro$oft's bottom line would outweigh the
value of the GPL to Micro$oft in suppressing new commercial
competitors and preventing antitrust threats from the U.S.D.O.J.
Micro$oft will legally break the GPL and Linux instantly if it ever
actually threatens them.

GNUtians and RMS have blithely blathered and babbled since 1995 that
the GPL and "Copyleft" would destroy Micro$oft. Micro$oft still owns
the personal computer world -- 'nuff said.


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