Topic Title: CyanogenMod raises $23 million
Topic Summary: Alternative Android upstart Cyanogen earns another bucket of cash
Created On: 12/19/2013 09:25 PM
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 12/19/2013 09:25 PM
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quote:" Cyanogen and its customized version of the Android operating system just might be onto something, if Silicon Valley investment is your preferred benchmark.

 

The company announced Thursday that it has closed its Series B funding with Andreessen Horowitz and Tencent, to the tune of $23 million. "

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 12/19/2013 09:58 PM
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Gotta love Linux, ability to take a copyrighted system, tweak it, and sell it as your own...

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 12/20/2013 02:01 AM
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Originally posted by: black_zion Gotta love Linux, ability to take a copyrighted system, tweak it, and sell it as your own...

Dude... think about what you just said there.  Presumably any "copywrited system" would be closed source, and you wouldn't have access to the source code to do any "tweaking".  Perhaps you don't know that when software is compiled into it's binary form(as nearly all your desktop applications are) it's often difficult if not impossible to modify on any scale that's meaningful to an end user.  Removing that barrier and all the baggage that may come with it is the point of making something open source in the first place.

That's not to say open source code isn't found in many proprietary applications that you can buy today.  There's plenty of apps like that around... You've got it completely backwards.



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Edited: 12/20/2013 at 02:07 AM by Mime
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That would be fine if there weren't specific open source licenses. Take Android for example, yes it is open source, but it is covered by the Apache license. I'm sure you know of it, it makes several mentions of copyright, as does the GPL, which is why the GPL 3 is such a headache to Linus, and other licenses as well.

Cyanogen is taking a copyrighted open source program, in this case Android, and is modifying it and releasing that product as their own, to which they will then have their own copyright to, but still have to acknowledge Google as the original source creator (or Licensor, to use Apache's term).

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Things get curiouser and curiouser .....

" You like to mess with your phone? Unlock that bootloader and flash some ROMs? Soon there'll be another option for would-be tinkers who want to run mods. Google just approved the first ever Android phone to run the ever-popular Cyanogenmod right out of the box. "

http://gizmodo.com/google-just-oked-a-phone-that-runs-modded-android-out-o-1487129489?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29&utm_content=My+MSN



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 12/21/2013 12:16 AM
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Originally posted by: black_zion That would be fine if there weren't specific open source licenses. Take Android for example, yes it is open source, but it is covered by the Apache license. I'm sure you know of it, it makes several mentions of copyright, as does the GPL, which is why the GPL 3 is such a headache to Linus, and other licenses as well. Cyanogen is taking a copyrighted open source program, in this case Android, and is modifying it and releasing that product as their own, to which they will then have their own copyright to, but still have to acknowledge Google as the original source creator (or Licensor, to use Apache's term).

Dude... The reason why Linus didn't go for GPL3 on the linux kernel was the provisions it had for stripping out DRM.  It wasn't about copywrites.

Companies like Redhat and Github don't stay in business by selling the software its self.  That's not why the Apache license was created, but I'll play along and pretend that you actually didn't intend to use "copywrited" and "proprietary" interchangably.  There's still nothing about open source software that gives someone the ability to swipe things that they wouldn't be able to otherwise.

I don't want to make it sound like it's all sunshine and puppies in open-source-land, but I think you're waaaay off the mark here.



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Edited: 12/21/2013 at 12:30 AM by Mime
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