Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at 1407.org
Thu Jul 24 13:15:18 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 07:52:31AM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
>>>>> But you must give up your freedom and rights or you are unable to
>>>>> participate in distributing these things as part of a work that
>>>>> contains any GPL-covered material.
>>>> The "or" denounces your syllogism.  The "must" is inappropriate when
>>>> there's an alternative.
>>> The alternative is not sharing any GPL-encumbered code at all.  Do 
>>> you  consider that a reasonable alternative?
>> People have been sharing and modifying software licensed with the GNU GPL
>> for ages, isn't that alternative somewhat imaginary?
> No, very few people I know other than myself even know GPL software  
> exists.

I suggest your participate more into these communities, learn about the GNU
GPL (and not about some imaginary license you keep bringing about), and then
advocate it to the people who don't know.

>> You seem to consider "sharing" proprietary software is sharing. I think
>> that's wrong since to me it is not sharing but, instead, gaining control.
> No, I think proprietary software is reasonable

I think this wrap ups very well all your argument. You start from a
premise that I fundamentally reject as absurd, and from the absurd
anything can be deduced.

> but BSD, MIT, MPL, CDDL,  
>  Apache, and similar less restricted licenses are about sharing.  GPL is 
> about taking away other people's choices.

How can something that isn't there be taken away? The GNU GPL adds to
people's choices. The default is no choice at all.


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