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Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH] remove pieces of source code

Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH] remove pieces of source code
From: Andreas Färber
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 12:17:50 +0200

Am 31.05.2009 um 17:10 schrieb Jan Kiszka:

Andreas Färber wrote:
Can I create a GPL'ed Kernel Extension for Mac OS X? Questionable, since
it would probably end up in the same address space as
proprietary/non-GPL code. Similar potential issues with CDDL'ed
(Open)Solaris kernel, BSD kernels, MIT/X11'ed Haiku kernel and fully
closed-source Windows.

Kqemu is already GPLv2, so the picture would not really change.

I've extended the picture here - the kqemu platforms I'm aware of are Linux, Windows, Solaris, BSDs, BeOS. Mac OS X was not among them. And kqemu for Solaris is already partially CDDL in addition to GPLv2.

Arguing about Open Source, you are forgetting that not everyone gets
paid for their Open Source contributions to QEMU. If you work on
KVM/QEMU for a living and have the time to work on large'ish porting or
refactoring projects, that's one facet of Open Source only.

Like many others, I'm doing both, ie. not all of my open source work is
directly paid.

You, plural! :)

As a matter of fact, with KVM the pace of development has become hard to follow - within days there are hundreds of mails in your inbox. My point being that it's nice if this leads to shining new cool features for all of us, but not so nice if suddenly put under the same pressure to deliver features. For example, compare a KVM upstream patch not being reviewed for a week to Cocoa being broken for a number of weeks during the DisplayState refactoring or ppc host being broken for months during TCG conversion - different paces.


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