GPL-vs-BSD Holy War (was: [K12OSN] Scary article from Russia (w/o love))
Terrell Prude' Jr.
microman at cmosnetworks.com
Wed May 20 17:05:21 UTC 2009
Folks, this does not need to become yet another GPL-vs-BSD holy war, and
I see that coming. Let's keep it to K12.
Les Mikesell wrote:
> David L. Willson wrote:
>> Which part of this system do you disagree with?
> The part that misrepresents GPL software as 'free' when in fact it is
> very restricted in terms of how it can be improved.
>> There are lots of other licenses for authors to choose, many of which
>> do not include preservation of freedom as a term of use.
> Yes, other licenses do not misrepresent restrictions as freedom.
>> The GPL is not a mandate, it's something that makers of Free software
>> choose to use to protect their work.
> And it makes sense if your intent is to prevent improvements that
> compete with your own offering. But restricting improvements has and
> continues to hurt everyone else.
>> Authors have the right to choose the license that best protects their
>> work and reflects their social values. Would you deny that right?
> Of course license restrictions should be up to the authors within the
> constraints that copyright and patent laws apply. But those
> restrictions don't have to be misrepresented as freedom when in fact
> they are just restrictions.
>> Do you make software?
> I tried to give some away once, but was prevented from sharing it
> because it included a GPL component and also needed other libraries
> that were redistributable at no cost but under terms that did not
> match the GPL restrictions. But, I'm more interested in using
> software than making or distributing it.
>> Finally, as a user, if you disagree principally with the GPL, you can
>> choose to use BSD, or another, more liberally licensed kernel.
> Or, you can simply be forced to continue to support the proprietary
> monopoly business because the GPL restrictions prevent covered works
> from being improved to a point where they are competitive. Like 95%
> or so of the population does... I'm seriously convinced that Richard
> Stallman has done more to keep Microsoft rich than anyone else. Look,
> for example at the effort he made to hold java development back while
> MS has advanced .net.
>> The wonderful thing about this sector is it's Freedom. Freedom to
>> choose, in this case.
> With the GPL, only one person actually gets the freedom to choose.
> Everyone else has to follow its restrictions which prevent any other
> choices. Note the contrast with commercial licenses which allow you
> to choose components individually and combine as you like as long as
> you individually meet their terms.
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