[K12OSN] Scary article from Russia (w/o love)

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed May 20 15:39:25 UTC 2009

Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
>> 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....

Not really - the GPL is very directly related to what isn't, and can't 
be, available in Linux, and very much responsible the continuing 
prevalence of a proprietary monopoly.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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