Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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by pooo on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:53 UTC
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2006-04-22

ESR is:

a)naive
b)wrong

I read a bunch of his essays on the Iraq war and Bush's policies and this guy fits very neatly into a category I call "f-ing idiots" (except I spell out f-ing).

Cathedral and the Bazaar was pretty good but this guy has been riding that fame for way too long.

GPL violations still happen *all the time*. So I have no idea what the hell he is talking about. Without the GPL people can build upon existing code in new and different ways that the software is not evolving in now and then give nothing back. This *will* happen. I *does* happen to BSD licensed code all the time.

If I was a capitalist jerk off and I spend a bunch of money developing a new twist on a mountain of existing code that allowed me to kill my competition I would not give it back unless I was forced to. With the GPL they have to weigh the benefit and they often do give back spectacularly. (It is called feedback with gain and it is one of the major reasons *why* linux is so successful)

Anyway, in summary, ESR is and always has been an idiot.

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