Amid all the hoopla about Nokia tying up with Apple and open source, developing a version of the Safari browser for its Series 60 cell phones, what has not been mentioned is its impact on the continuing BSD vs. GPL debate.
Apple's own open source work is strictly under the BSD (whose logo is this little devil to the left), which unlike the GPL allows for proprietary extensions and, thus, product sales. Nokia's entry into the open source realm is being done on the same terms as Apple, that is, under the BSD.
Advocates for the BSD argue that it's actually more "open" than the GPL, in that it doesn't create obligations to share code enhancements made to the common pile. Advocates of the GPL respond that this becomes a form of theft, a way to turn the shared work of others into your own proprietary product.
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