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

Well everything on the opensuse-edu live dvd are totally gpl... so not sure what to say... So they made a deal with MS, so what? It has not and will now affect us directly probably ever. Novell is very behind supporting education and its buildservice is even GPL, so they are not exactly doing business like MS, they are just protecting themselves I suspect. But SLED and opensuse-edu are 2 different products, with different teams and different mind sets..

kind Regards,
David Van Assche

On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 4:44 PM, Accessys smart net <accessys smart net> wrote:

this is true and I wouldn't mine being able to purchase linux
compatable software packages a la carte for the ones that I need
and/or find usefull to me.

I have purchased VueScan for my Linux computer because I like that
software package and it is avaliable for linux, but it seems to be the
rare proprietary software program that has been converted to Linux and
is avaliable to buy.

there is nothing wrong with mixing GPL and proprietary software on
ones personal computer it is when it is distributed to others that the
problems occur.  you cannot freely distribute proprietary software
(usually) and the GPL stuff has to be freely avaliable.

the problem is that the proprietary software makers will not for
whatever reason for the most part make a linux compatible version.


On Wed, 20 May 2009, Les Mikesell wrote:

> Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
> >
> >
> > Les Mikesell wrote:
> >> Terrell Prude' Jr. wrote:
> >>> Conrad,
> >>>
> >>> "Free" doesn't refer to price when we refer to free software.
> >>> Rather, it refers to freedom.  Think RHEL here.
> >>>
> >>>  http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
> >>
> >> 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.
> >>
> >
> > Huh?
> 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.
> --
>    Les Mikesell
>     lesmikesell mikesell
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