Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Posted Oct 18, 2006 9:22 UTC (Wed) by masuel
In reply to: Freedoms granted by the GPLvX
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
... its a diffrent point of view
If I can have the changes you made, and understand them, I can benefit
from that. I can import the new feature you added onto my platform.
It is obvious that for the developer to benefit the product itself is
largely immaterial, so from that perspective, if the other party publish
changes etc they are "good" members of the comunity.
There is no need to manufactures to ship products user up-datable for the
relationship to be mutually beneficial between the 'open source'
and 'manufactures' developers.
The BSD licence is not comparable, doesn't insure this (vital?)
"The spice must flow..."
The kernel devs are, mostly?, looking at the developer <-> developer
relationship. This is the reason they chose the GPL licence
The customer<->developer relationship is paramount to the FSF but not
everyone. It could be argued that the from the customers point of view
the "user update" feature could be a deciding factor when choosing which
product to purchase?
As for why the fuss, I think this steams from the fact that for your
printer, microwave oven, phone, aeroplane... etc this is not "new
technology" but has been the case, and accepted status quo, for the last
X years and now the FSF is looking to change the rules.
As LWN mentioned in an earlier article the previous position from Richard
has been stated as: "...I'm not really concerned with what's running
inside my microwave oven.", but that has now changed, as with the new
conditions he clearly dose.
This is a change, and one that is worthy of debate.
On the other hand the pattent provisions seem to be quite well received
by all(?) and this where the case for gpl 2.5 could (is) being made.
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