Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2007 22:24 UTC, submitted by david
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. This is the Ubuntu 7.04 Beta and it comes packed with a whole host of excellent new features including the released GNOME 2.18, the 2.6.20 kernel and much more. Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support."
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RE[3]: Looks nice...
by lemur2 on Tue 27th Mar 2007 08:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks nice..."
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{ There's no comparing copyleft software (GPL, LGPL, et cetera) to actual free software (free as in free: FreeBSD, freeware, public domain, et cetera) or commercial software (better a cost in dollars than in rights).}

This statement makes an obviously incorrect claim, without any support ... and in the end it even fails to actually state a criticism of GPL code. "There's no comparing? Really? Why not?"

BTW, for companies that do not write any code themselves, the only difference between GPL, LGPL, et cetera and FreeBSD, freeware and public domain is that, since it is more attractive for developers to release code under LGPL, GPL (because the developers get other contributions made back to the project), then that in turn means there is far more code available and that code which is available has more development effort behind it.

As for commercial code, it is more expensive, it carries risks associated with its licensing in terms of BSA audits, and it is not itself able to be functionally audited by parties independent of the vendor so it is of questionable quality and it may in fact contain functions which are not in the best interests of the company using the code.

For companies that do not write code themselves, there are no rights given up if they use GPL software. Period.

For companies that do write code, there also are no rights given up if they use GPL software (because they never ever had any right to appropriate that GPL software for sale in their products in the first place).

{ better a cost in dollars than in rights }

Contrary to your claim, the cost in rights of using GPL software is actually zero. You give up no rights at all that you otherwise would have had.

Also, if you do want to use GPL source code in your product, then get in contact with the author (and copyright owner), and you may be able to negotiate a deal to be able to do just that under an alternate license. It will cost you though.

Finally, if you buy a copy of commercial software (in binary executable form), typically you also get no right to use the code from that software in your own product, even after you paid for a license to run the software. To buy a right to use the commercial source code in your own project will cost you a huge capital amount, and typically a per-copy royalty as well.

So you are dead wrong in every single way in your evaluation.

Edited 2007-03-27 09:16

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