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Importance of mount
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 11:09 AM EDT
They copy it from BSD. Different license.

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Importance of mount
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 14 2012 @ 12:03 PM EDT
I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft or Apple was copying code from mount (and other GPL tools) and using such code in commercial products ... but I guess we'll never know.

I would be very much surprised. They could never allow that, because there would be people who know, and that would be an incredible risk. If you do anything wrong, there are employees who know about it, and some if these turn into ex-employees, and then they have no reason to keep their mouth shut. Where I work, if you tried to sneak in some GPL licensed code into products that the company doesn't want to publish under GPL, you would be in deep trouble, and I would trust that is the same at any company that has enough money to be sued. Can you imagine what the damages would be if hypothetically RedHat could prove that MacOS X 10.8 (7 million copies distributed so far) contained code that was illegally copied from RedHat? Or Windows 7 with many million copies?

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