Ownership in Software

Frank Heckenbach frank at g-n-u.de
Fri Apr 23 00:15:13 UTC 2004

Niall Douglas wrote:

> However, the above isn't as it seems. Libraries such as zlib are
> heavily reused and so their weight should be much higher and I think 
> total source lines under the license should also be taken account of -
>  therefore, every copy of the Linux kernel would have portions 
> removed as they're under a more permissive license than the GPL (eg; 
> zlib).

Well, if you count according to frequency of use, I think the GPL
wouldn't fare too badly: Linux (kernel; except for zlib if you
will), bash, GNOME, KDE, GCC. What else do most users use at all
(just kidding)? ;-) Perhaps glibc and X11 would be the most serious


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