Carthago delenda est sed Apache non Carthago est
Posted Jun 17, 2004 11:28 UTC (Thu) by crankysysadmin
In reply to: Carthago delenda est sed Apache non Carthago est
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> Now, isn't it important that it remains possible for two thirds of free
> software to be able to link and exchange code with the remaining third?
Let me put my opinion this way: I'm not as idealistic as you (which need not be interpreted as a criticism) and therefore I'm glad that there are licenses out there that are not quite as permissive as the GPL but which are still worlds apart from the closed-source proprietary world.
More simply put: I think getting rid of all non-GPL licenses would, at this stage of the OSS struggle, result in less free software, FSVO 'free'.
However, I think the DFSG are great, and I think the GPL is great. I think they incorporate an ideal that still needs to be worked toward, and (important point) with which not everyone is fully comfortable (that's where the "dogma" would come in). Until that time let there be more free software, and let the developers of that software live with the harsh realities of not being able to swap code with absolutely everyone, and perhaps then they'll see the light.
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