Single-company free software
Posted Oct 11, 2005 15:59 UTC (Tue) by lutchann
In reply to: Single-company free software
Parent article: Single-company free software
Geez, don't get so defensive, this isn't Slashdot.
I specifically linked to the article where the information came from so that everyone could draw their own conclusions as to the accuracy and bias of the source. I don't put a lot of stock in the journalistic quality of Wikipedia material, so I'm not going to take anything written there as fact without verifying it first, and I don't expect anybody else to.
I stand by the claim that the GPL is mostly untested, although I don't mean "tested" in the FUD sense. The GPL is generally considered to be a valid, well thought-out license, and nearly all of the code I write is released under the GPL or LGPL because I have faith in the legal soundness of those licenses. However, the interpretation of many of the terms in the GPL is still unclear.
To take a well-worn example, there is considerable controversy over where the line is drawn regarding dynamic linking of GPL code to closed code, particularly with regard to the Linux kernel. When proprietary software companies find an unanswered question regarding their own license, they promptly revise their license terms to clarify their intentions. However, since there is such a large body of code that will forever be licensed under the GPLv2, it is up to the courts to resolve ambiguities in the license, and that doesn't seem to happen very often.
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