On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 02:06:47AM +0100, Aidan Kehoe mentioned:
> Steve Jobs got notoriously pissed off when he heard that GNU were
> reimplementing NextStep--is architecting an intuitive user interface,
> integrated, intuitive, development tools & library interfaces less
> `work' than coding them for you? Because any reimplementation just
> `steals' all that.
Hey, that's the market. People don't want to buy ideas. So you can't sell
them. You can sell an implementation. But, loads of people can do the
It's just like music. Coming up with the idea of a song was deadly...but
people make money from individual compositions. Moaning that someone
implemented something you thought of is stupid. If you could patent ideas,
IBM would be rolling in the cash on their "PC" idea.
> Well, the nice thing at the moment is that proprietary licences aren't
> universal either. BTW, as a matter of interest, have the Mozilla
> people got around to GPLing the lizard yet, or is it still on the TODO
It's dual licensed for at least two, if not three years...
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