Alternatives to cdrecord
Posted Aug 19, 2004 15:40 UTC (Thu) by jre
In reply to: Alternatives to cdrecord
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There's no need to insult Jörg Schilling, or even to resent him.
He released cdrecord under the GPL, and the result is a healthy flowering of perfectly legitimate extensions.
Jörg Schilling has now released a DVD-recording extension under a proprietary license. He views a number of patches to cdrecord as technically ill-advised, and has attempted to limit their use. He may even regret that he released cdrecord under the GPL under the first place.
All this makes no difference, because the genie is out of the bottle.
Everyone's freedom to study, modify, improve and redistribute Jörg Schilling's original work is guaranteed by the GPL, just as it should be.
Instead of pointing to this fact in a spiteful way (which only gives comfort to GPL opponents), we should celebrate the stable basis for progress that the GPL creates, even when a software author changes his mind.
In other words, let's try to make Jörg Schilling glad he did the right thing!
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