Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 18th Jul 2008 23:29 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Legal The convoluted case of SCO v. Novell dealt a heady blow to the SCO Group Wednesday, with United States District Judge Dale Kimball ordering the company to pay $2.5 million to Novell for improperly claiming, and collecting royalties for, the Unix operating system.
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RE[6]: Comment by Coral Snake
by Coral Snake on Mon 21st Jul 2008 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Coral Snake"
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That is why I believe in exceptions to the GPL for system calls needed to make certain types of proprietary software. (Device Drivers which in Linux are called kernel modules as a forinstance).

Other than those exceptions I believe that OSs should be under the strictest F/OSS licensing which is the GPL.

As for Stallman I looked at his genuine political site (not the FSF but his own site) and see him to be a Socialist dangerous to ALL individual freedom and not just the software freedom he yammers on about. I most certainly would not want a monopoly under his GPL than I would want one under Microsoft (an advocate of Fascism, another branch of Socialism and another danger to ALL individual freedom in my opinion)

I don't see the GPL as Socialist however as a lot of capitalist entities like IBM, Novel, Mandriva, etc seem to want to back it up.

However I do see it as basically a band-aid over the serious problem of our unconstitutional and abusive copyright laws and terms, and software patents that should have never been allowed to exist in the first place. What really needs to be done is to reform copyright and patent law back to the form where copyrights had strict term limits that can not constantly be extended by Congress and patents only appling to HARDWARE inventions.

If we would have kept our copyright and patent laws within Constitutional limitations monopolies like Microsoft would have never existed and therefore licensing like the GPL would not need to exist to counter Microsoft style dictatorial monopolies.

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