[nSLUG] On topic of favorite distros, and Linux on the Desktop
matthewbalcom at mac.com
Sun Mar 7 17:28:31 AST 2004
On 4-Mar-04, at 10:57 PM, Jeff Warnica wrote:
> Stallman's view is not that you should have the right to share, but
> you should be obligated to do so. If his goal was to re-implement UNIX
> with completely license unencumbered code, he could have done so by
> putting the work in the public domain. The GPL is viral in nature not
> accident, but by specific design. RMS, and GNUs goal is neither
> financial, nor technology but political.
> Again, if RMS/GNUs point was to get rid of licenses, to get rid of
> copyright, they they would put GNU stuff in the public domain.
Holy crap, could you possibly misunderstand the GPL any further?
First, the GPL is NOT viral. If you don't like the license, don't use
code under it. Viral implies that it infects code "against its will,"
or "without its knowledge." You place code under the GPL, the GPL does
not assimilate code. In order to place code under the GPL, you have to
be the rights holder to said code. You also fail to fully understand
how the GPL works. You are only required to share your changes, if you
make your product available. That is to say, you are free to download
any GPL'd product, mod it to suit your needs, and keep it to yourself.
This is not forced sharing. However, should you make your changed
product available, you are not allowed to strip the right of sharing
away from the next person who gets it from you.
Second, public domain does not ensure freedom. Software in the public
domain can be used by anyone for any purpose, including taking such
code and placing it inside a proprietary application. The GPL helps to
maintain that once the code is opened up, it remains open.
Third, RMS's goals are not financially, nor technically, nor
politically motivated. RMS is solely motivated by his philosophies of
community and sharing. On the topic of Free Software and its
philosophies, versus Open Source and their goals:
"... there is something more important at stake; That freedom to
co-operate with other people, freedom to have a community, is important
for our quality of life, it's important for having a good society that
we can live in, and that is in my view more important than having
powerful and reliable software." - RMS
I'm all for debates on the choice of a license for a software product,
but please, if you are going to post FUD state that it is your opinion,
Matthew Alexander T Balcom
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