There has been a whole lot of talk and debate as to why people should use and promote free software, but here comes a live example. Just a month back, Google released its native browser Google Chrome which arguably is the fastest browser out there. All this was because of the newly coded Java Script engine V8 which loads websites at a rapid pace. But wait, just a Java Script engine would not complete a browser. The remaining features were undoubtedly borrowed from the World’s Best Browser Mozilla Firefox‘s source code.
Now, according to GPL, if you borrow the source code from a product, the resulting product should also be released under the same terms and conditions. As a result, Chrome is also Open Source. That said, I am not taking away any credit from Google for making Chrome a FOSS product.
The winner is the end user who gets an awesome product.