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Message Posted: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 @ 15:42:34 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Teradata on UNIX
From:   Charles Farley

Hi all:

--- David Hough A. wrote:

*I* think they can't figure out how to ratchet up the software licensing fees to their present ungodly levels when starting with a free operating system. Think of the embarassment factor... even for marketeers and lawyers!

Not to take any of the cynicism away from teh above, because I do appreciate it and I think it's funny, but it also made a good point to me. Many of the vendors I've talked to that have "looked at linux", are under the impression that the GPL or Copyleft, or whatever free/open software license that the OS they want to use is under, would force them into publishing at least some small part of their code. They need to understand that the kernel itself and some of the software (gcc, gmake, etc.) is under the licensing that would force them to publish any changes they make and want accepted by the community, but any of their software can remain proprietary. The above brought that to my mind, and I remember having a conversation with a sales guy from a certain vendor, who shall remain nameless (not NCR), about their fears that if they were to port to Linux, all of their code would be reverse engineered, or would have to be published as open source, and they would all be out of work in three days, blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum... This just isn't true, but to get this person convinced, I had to send him out to the GNU site and have him examine the license and explain that it applies to the kernel, not his software. I thought no one would make that sort of mistake when it came to licensing and assuming that a license for one thing also would be forced upon another, separate thing, I guess I was wrong.

I don't want to start a licensing argument here, because I believe that I should pay for good software, and I think Teradata is much more than good. I do some programming, and I like to get paid for my efforts, especially if they are commissioned, but there are times I will just write something for my own desire, and turn that over for free as well, it's usually not as pretty of code, but it's free.

I hope I got my ideas across here, it's early, and I'm not quite awake yet, thanks,


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