Following a superior model
Posted May 23, 2007 19:46 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: Google, yes
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
Sure, and it is out of the pure kindness of our hearts that we want Google to release their own software as free software. Mind you, we want Google to succeed, and the easiest way to success for such a good friend of free software is surely to free their own software. Since it is such a superior model, it is odd that they themselves have not seen the light, but whatever. A slight prodding is probably all they need to do it, lest something bad (following an inferior model) befalls them.
Now seriously. You are right in most things, but even Linus thinks that "GPLv2 is about tit-for-tat", and he is not suspect of ideological purity. Now let's zoom out a bit. In a general sense you could say that Google is what it is because of free software, so asking them to give some of their own back would not be so outrageous. All xoddam and others are saying is that freeing their own software would be what separates "good" citizens from "outstanding" citizens.
Meanwhile Moglen only speaks about modifications to software which is already free. Pure tit-for-tat, probably even Linus would be with him in that.
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