Close, but no OSS

Tom Whore (
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 13:37:42 -0800 (PST)

"We note that much of the material that Apple has just released under the
APSL originated at The University of California, Berkeley and at
Carnegie-Mellon University. That work was sponsored by the U.S.
Government, paid for with our taxes, and was already available as Free
Software under the BSD license and other well-accepted Open Source
licenses. Many of these files do not significantly differ from the
pre-Apple versions except that they bear the addition of a new copyright
and license. Other files are entirely authored by Apple or bear
significant modifications that should indeed be considered Apple's
property. Where Apple has not significantly modified individual files from
their pre-Apple versions, their original licenses should be preserved
without the addition of the APSL"

"Section 2.2(c) of the APSL requires that the producer of modifications to
APSL-licensed code use a particular URL in the domain to notify
Apple. While the demise of Apple Computer, Inc. is unlikely in the near
future, that sad event would leave us unable to comply with this section
of the APSL."

"Section 9.1 of the APSL allows Apple to terminate our rights to use any
or all APSL-covered code, at its sole discretion, in the event of an
unproven claim of infringement, no matter how specious. This is derived
from a similar objectionable portion of IBM's Jikes license, which
disqualified that license from being referred to as "Open Source"."

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"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the
initiative in creating the Internet." Al G(wh)ore