Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Gordon Messmer yinyang at eburg.com
Tue Jul 15 20:08:25 UTC 2008

Les Mikesell wrote:
> I ran across a surprisingly perceptive description of the confusion of 
> GPL restrictions with freedom here:
> http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/07/08/1832255&from=rss.

I quit reading that the first time after the second paragraph. 
"Perceptive" is not what I thought of the author.  The entire article is 
a pompous straw-man argument.  Find one place in that article where the 
author cites any person who actually evinces the attitudes that he 
attributes to the group he describes.

 From my perspective, the difference between BSD and GPL authors is much 
simpler than he describes.  An author who chooses the BSD license has 
decided that there will be no cost to other developers who want to reuse 
his work in a work of their own. An author who chooses the GPL license 
has decided that there is.  The cost of using a GPL licensed work in 
another work is reciprocation.  We share with those who share with us.

Asking a price for your work is hardly Communist.  That idea has always 
been absurd.

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