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Free Software friendly patent pools

Posted Aug 18, 2010 19:08 UTC (Wed) by hingo (guest, #14792)
In reply to: Free Software friendly patent pools by Trelane
Parent article: A very grumpy editor's thoughts on Oracle

I have nothing to add or correct to your comment, but I sense I should just in case point out that I think RMS's ideals are great, for the precise reasons you write.


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Free Software friendly patent pools

Posted Aug 18, 2010 19:16 UTC (Wed) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877) [Link]

That's fine, but ideals being great is tangential to the point at hand -- GPL is intended to preserve end-user rights and thereby enhance progress, not to enforce RMS' ideals. In fact, the GPL enhances end-user rights despite and sometimes in contradiction to RMS' ideals (e.g. can be used in torture equipment).

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Posted Aug 18, 2010 19:41 UTC (Wed) by hingo (guest, #14792) [Link]

Ah, now I got your point. Thanks.

So when I wrote "RMS ideals", I specifically meant "end user rights" and not any of his other personal ideals.


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