Who is doing harm here?
Posted Oct 2, 2006 11:36 UTC (Mon) by smitty_one_each
In reply to: Who is doing harm here?
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
>say Linux is GPL v2 forever and be done with it.
If "done" were possible.
Above the specific food fight about DRM is a higher level issue: the right of dissenting opinions to exist.
Historically, a big part of the genius of RMS has been his unwillingness to compromise.
When the conversation was pure software, this refusal to compromise got FOSS where it is today. No way of telling whether *BSDs, on their own, would have achieved sufficient mass to get past the novelty stage. The Linux kernel has propelled an ecosystem.
Now that the conversation crosses the hardware/software line, it is less clear whether the uncompromising approach is a feature or a bug.
Given the stakes, I'm glad that the debate is as spirited as we've seen. Not sure if the uncompromising approach is best here, but I can tell you one corner rejoicing at the dissent is that of Redmond.
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