[svlug] Subject change - Ubuntu Is Not Evil

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Sun Jan 17 18:34:08 PST 2010

Most of this discussion has almost nothing to do with Ubuntu
specifically, it's just bait that I was hoping would not hook others,
be ignored and subside naturally. So, please kindly change the subject
line to something more appropriate if you want to continue this

Canonical doesn't have a complimentary motto of "Be Evil" to Google's
"Don't Be Evil." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_be_evil
Actually http://www.ubuntu.com has their four promises and
http://www.canonical.com/aboutus says "Our mission is to realise the
potential of free software in the lives of individuals and

Rick, thanks for the link to Interix. I didn't know that alternate
acronym for SFU as Services for Unix. Nicely placed acronym Mr. Gates.

Grant Bowman

> From: Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org>
> To: Alan DuBoff <aland at softorchestra.com>
> Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 17:52:06 -0800
> Alan, that's a good point in theory, but in a lot
> of real-world situations, maybe most of them, the
> people at a company who are using and contributing
> to a project _want_ to make their changes available.
> But in order to do so, they need a reason to do
> something other than the default, which is usually
> to keep the code secret.  So if they're working on
> a GPL or otherwise reciprocally-licensed project,
> the license compliance gives them a built-in reason
> to do what they wanted to, and overcome the corporate
> inertia, without having to make any arguments other
> than the license compliance one.  Unless the code is
> core to the company's proprietary product, it probably
> makes sense to release it, but it's much harder to
> make the case for doing it, and make the decision,
> than to deal with the compliance issue.

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