RedHat and software patents

Joerg Schilling schilling at
Wed May 29 12:11:24 UTC 2002

>From: Werner Koch <wk at>

>On Tue, 28 May 2002 18:04:56 +0200 (CEST), Joerg Schilling said:

>> The result from not using this development model is a significant
>> slow down in development speed.

>Quality and speed is in most cases a contradiction ;-)

Granted, you are right! Most GPL software is not best quality software, so
blindly colleting pieces and then compile a new program is not a good idea.

However, there are exceptions...

I recently took the program cdparanoia and made a library off the important
part of the source. This took (together with Heiko's to integrate it into
cdda2wav) less than a week (5x8 hours).

Writing similar things by your own would take at least half a year.


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