Violating the GPL doesn't seem to be specific to China. In the past several companies from Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea, ... did that, too. I tend to think that the USA with its patent law and crypto export restrictions is much more a problem for free software.
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It's still a positive move, because presumably there's a juicy contract in it for Canonical, which will go into paying more developers. But it's not like you're going to see a billion new Linux users.
I'm not saying they will, although as you point out China has not proven themselves averse to such behavior in the past. And just because they aren't alone in violating GPL doesn't make it acceptable. Companies in Europe and the U.S. who have done that in the past have been brought to court -- and lost.
Working out a deal with Canonical will not exempt them from observing the GPL for the kernel or any other part of the software stack that uses it.
I think you mean upstream.
You and I as end users are downstream.
Where ever the source is at is upstream.
But in a sense, you right, because changes that go in one direction, per the GPL, have to be at least be reported in the other direction.
Chair throwing should commence in 3...2...1....]China's decision to plough more resources into Linux development stems from a similar desire to wean
itself off of price gouging technologies developed by Western companies as part
of the nation's latest five year plan.
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