[linux-audio-dev] New form of GPL licence that protects Linux from proprietary world [was: New powermacs?]

Erik de Castro Lopo erikd-lad at mega-nerd.com
Sat Jun 21 21:48:01 UTC 2003

On Sat, 21 Jun 2003 20:22:37 -0400
"Ivica Bukvic" <ico at fuse.net> wrote:

> Thanks! This really helped me see straight again :-).
> However this brings up one interesting point/problem. Due to GPL nature
> of Linux software, many of our efforts will seamlessly bleed into OS X
> world since there are no restrictions as to which platform this software
> is run on, and Apple made an explicit move to target open-source
> developers and/or users by implementing Darwin and underlying
> almost-Unix system.
> To me this is a problem. Since, all our efforts and time will not lure
> more people to Linux. Rather, our software will (perhaps) become popular
> (pro-tools killer or whatever), but not necessarily on a Linux platform.
> In the end, we will not reap what we have sown. Users on the OS X will
> be theoretically able to run Ardour as much as we will, especially now
> that jackd has been ported to OS X. To me, this does not seem right.

I really don't see this as a problem.

For my two libraries (libsndfile and libsamplerate) I'm glad to see them
run on OSX. 

For GUI stuff, someone is going to have to either write a native GUI or
suffer the VERY slow speed of X11 on top of the laready slow OSX.

  Erik de Castro Lopo  nospam at mega-nerd.com (Yes it's valid)
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