May 17, 2001

Darwin: A matter of privacy?

Author: JT Smith

ZDNet's Evan Leibovitch says: "In the explanation of why the APSL is non-free, the FSF notes that many previous objections to
the APSL have been dealt with by the current version, but that one deal-breaker remains.
Clause 2.2 of the APSL requires you to publish (and register with Apple) not only code that you
change and redistribute, but code that you change and only use internally.

The FSF says that this is an invasion of your privacy, and that you should have the right to keep
private any modifications that you don't redistribute. The definition of "open source," however,
doesn't say anything about privacy."


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