WOW! Community soap opera - and then some!
Posted Oct 3, 2006 22:58 UTC (Tue) by liljencrantz
In reply to: WOW! Community soap opera - and then some!
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
Thus, a giant fork between those of us who are mainstream and earn a living from Open Source and those of us who are fringe and want to impose their views of society through Free software is inevitable.
That would be very unfortunate. One of the biggest philosophical strengths of open source, in my opinion, is how it can be supported by arguments from almost any political view. If you happen to be a communist, the 'no one owns it' part will sell you the idea. If you are a socialist, the collaborative development model will win your heart. If you are a conservative, the low price will attract you. If you are a free market libertarian, then the economic arguments mage by ESR in 'The cathedral ...' should be convincing.
That new licenses will occasionally be created, and that projects that consider switching licenses will lead to considerable pain is nothing new, and this will doubtlessly happen again in the future. But splitting the entire FOSS movement into two mutually hostile camps would probably lead to them implementing two separate systems, which would be a major blow to the entire movement. We do not need BSD style fork of the entire GNU/Linux system.
I feel that this is just another disagreement over what rights a user should be granted in an open source license. I hope that in the end, the kernel people will use the license they like the most, and the FSF the one they like the most, but that all the little communists, socialists, neocons and libertarians can still get together, pretend they don't hate each other and make a rocking operating system.
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