Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Jul 24 23:16:11 UTC 2008

Gordon Messmer wrote:
> Les Mikesell wrote:
>> One person should not have to bear the development cost of something 
>> that could be widely used.  But there is no fair mechanism to share it 
>> with GPL-covered code.
> So, you're arguing that it's not fair that you should have to write your 
> own code when GPLed software is available, and it's also not fair that 
> you have to use a compatible license in order to use GPLed work?

More specifically, it is not desirable that people are compelled to 
obtain their software from a monopolistic company because restrictions 
on otherwise almost-usable free code keep it from being competitive.

It is also not desirable that people are deprived from being able to 
share all the potentially useful combinations of GPL-encumbered code 
with code that is actually free.  While technically every user could 
obtain his own copy of each and do the necessary work or hire someone to 
to combine them, the GPL will prevent sharing it in the improved form.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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