Busy busy busybox
Posted Oct 2, 2006 19:04 UTC (Mon) by Sombrio
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I certainly could be wrong, when I think about it I have to admit I am wrong quite a bit. I try to be right 10% of the time.
However, my gut feeling is that the GPLv3 is dangerous. Society has a way of weeding out fanatics. It is feasible that what we are actually witnessing right now is the end of the Open Source movement. In actual fact, you could be the one who is wrong. Some of the things RMS and Eben Moglen say these days make me cringe, and I am pretty mainstream, so I have to imagine that many are cringing with me.
I agree that history shows that the GPLv2 was brilliant and worked wonders. This fact has no bearing on the future. The acceptance of the GPL did have some chance to it. What if Linus had decided on some other license? The world today would be a different place.
It isn't infeasible that businesses return to proprietary closed source solutions in order to retain stability. Commercial interests are currently responsible for the majority of open source development today. If business loses interest in Open Source, then it will become irrelevant.
Trying to bring about social change with software is an interesting experiment. Nonetheless, it is an experiment, which means the outcome is unknown. We may not like what we learn from this experiment.
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