Freedom is legislated: GPL
Posted Oct 13, 2008 17:42 UTC (Mon) by martinfick
Parent article: LK2008: The values of the Linux community
"Freedom is not legislated; it arises as an emergent value inherent in the Linux way of doing things."
Hmm, me thinks the GPL does exactly that, it legislates. There is no need to debate what freedom means in the community (even though it still is debated.) When it comes down to it, the GPL legislates exactly what it means as far as the linux kernel is concerned. You don't have to agree with what freedom means, you just have to abide by what the GPL says it means if you want to participate (distribute code). It certainly seems legislated to me.
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