Misunderstanding GPL's terms and conditions as restrictions (was: Re: Why is Fedora not a Free GNU/Linux distributions?)

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 00:46:39 UTC 2008

Antonio Olivares wrote:
> I know I will hear some comments, but these are some of the reasons why many developers try to avoid the GPL.  Here's probably the strongest case against it.  
>  The GPL is an  "universal receiver" of software from other licenses but it does not allow GPL code to move towards other projects.

No, it's worse than that.  The GPL restrictions even prevent receiving 
code covered by licenses that require the original attributions to be 
maintained, like the original BSD, MPL, and CDDL licenses, so much 
freely available work has to be repeated, generally forcing the users to 
repeat the debugging.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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