Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 14th Oct 2006 21:16 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
GNU, GPL, Open Source The article goes on to paint a doomsday scenario about how there will be an older version and a newer version of Linux floating around, and how such a division will split and ultimately weaken the Linux operating system.
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RE: Well?
by woogs on Sat 14th Oct 2006 22:32 UTC in reply to "Well?"
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Answer to question one: No. It's about Free software. GNU/Linux, for a lot of us, happens to be that Free software. The day Linux stops being Free, I'm moving to BSD. And "open source" software won't be a success if it's not Free. It'll be just another thing on your PC you can't study, change, or share. In short, a failure.

Response to question two: GNU/Linux was written by users, for users who wanted their software to be Free, long before any corporation started shelling out money. And if all the money dried up, and the companies went away? My software would still be Free. We wouldn't be able to develop as quickly, or have as much hardware to play with, or as much time to do it with. But my software would still be Free.

Answer to question two: Yes, it is wise. The FSF is all about software users and their freedoms. Here it is straight from the horse's mouth ( http://fsf.org ) "The Free Software Foundation (FSF), established in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' rights to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free software, particularly the GNU operating system, used widely in its GNU/Linux variant." First up, freedoms. Next up, promotion and use. Not the other way around.

And "grasp reality"? Reality is, GNU/Linux will be as strong or as weak as we make it. The GPL makes sure that no big business, no corporate fear-mongerer, or runaway lawyer can change that.

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