Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

some leftovers:

Filed under

Closed source Linux?

Okay, enlighten me... How could Linux go closed source at all? If you contribute your code to Linux, and it's GPL'd, how can someone like Linus then decide he was closing the source to Linux? You still own your contribution. You have copyright. So how, then, could they possibly close the source? They'd have to rewrite everything contributed from scratch and do it under a proprietary license, and then hope FSF doesn't sue them because they'll undoubtedly use the algorithms and possibly source that the former contributors used, making the code stolen. Am I seeing this wrong? Can somebody please enlighten me as to how this scenario is even possible? Why did anyone waste time on such conjecture?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Games for GNU/Linux

Build open source clouds with 4 OpenStack guides and tutorials

Every time you turn around, it seems like there’s a new open source project which might be of value to a cloud administrator. A huge number of these projects fall under the umbrella of OpenStack, the open source cloud toolkit. And it may seem impossible keep up. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there to help with growing your OpenStack knowledge base, from meetups and in-person training, to mailing lists and IRC channels, to books, websites, and the official documentation. Read more

Reusable theme to fix accessibility sites

Public administrations that need to make their website comply with rules on accessibility and open standards should consider reusing, a port of the government’s Digital Services theme, built on Boostrap’s html and css templates. Read more

Alpine Linux 3.4.5 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.27 LTS, Latest Security Fixes

A new maintenance update of the server-oriented Alpine Linux 3.4 operating system has been released, bringing a new Linux kernel version from the long-term supported 4.4 series and the latest security patches. Read more