[K12OSN] Scary article from Russia (w/o love)
Terrell Prude' Jr.
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Wed May 20 14:38:39 UTC 2009
Les Mikesell wrote:
> Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
>> Les Mikesell wrote:
>>> Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
>>>> "Free" doesn't refer to price when we refer to free software.
>>>> Rather, it refers to freedom. Think RHEL here.
>>> And there is a serious problem with this when you would like to be
>>> free to make your own choice about individual components and the GPL
>>> prevents anything with different restrictions from being included in
>>> a single work.
> How do you propose that any existing technology covered by
> GPL-incompatible restrictions be combined in a single program with
> anything covered by the GPL? It can't - and you are forced to exclude
> one or the other. In cases covered only by copyright, there is the
> possibility of duplicating the work, but you can't do that with
> patents. Look at it this way: How many software patents are there?
> That's how many things can never be included in the Linux kernel
> unless someone arranges unlimited free distribution rights for each
> covered item. And this is regardless of the reasonableness of the
> terms of the patent or your own choices about the value vs. cost.
Ooo-kaaayyy...we are now officially way, way off topic here....
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