Misunderstanding GPL's terms and conditions as restrictions

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at redhat.com
Mon Jul 28 01:35:46 UTC 2008

On Jul 27, 2008, Gordon Messmer <yinyang at eburg.com> wrote:

>> In the early 1990s we probably needed the GPL, but now it is no
>> longer needed because it does not  allow collaboration between
>> different OpenSource communities.

> More nonsense.  Nothing significant has changed since the 1990's.

One thing changed: companies who wanted to weaken the GPL invented
other copyleft licenses that were incompatible with it, so that the
GPL would no longer be this "universal receiver", creating the problem
that Les keeps complaining about and blaming on the GPL.

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