Posted by: Anonymous
on September 19, 2008 09:27 PM
@ 08:09 PM: No development time has been "lost". The original FreeB license was accepted by both XFree86 and Mesa, who were the people actually using the code, and X.org didn't have a problem with FreeB when they took over as the primary X developers, either. Nor did FreeB stop people from shipping SGI's GLX code, integrated with Mesa and X, in Linux distributions.
What happened here is simply that the cost of SGI satisfying Debian and FSF's ideological preferences was low, and they got a nice press release out of it. Net effect: some code will nove from Debian non-free to free, and people will stop hassling SGI.