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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It's just a game... A demagogy
by wawrzyn on Tue 24th Mar 2009 19:14 UTC
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For me it seems to be just a selection of some facts connected with each other into logically looking stream, but... This is a part of a game with the audience. After that you have an explanation based on these prepared stream of facts and... the only logical answer is simple: "yes, we don't need GPL".

Of course I cannot agree. It's just a kind of demagogy presented by very intelligent person to the audience. Nothing more. We cannot disagree, because presented facts, the way of thinking based on these facts and final conclusion are just logical. We don't want to be considered illogical so we'll probably agree. But we shouldn't.

I appreciate ESR very much, but... This theory is to simple and we can make a lot with logic, as well as with statistics, to prove our point of view in good looking style. Especially if we are good speakers. But still it's demagogy - an art of proving any arguments, but not a way of presenting the truth.

As a developer and open source user I need GPL to protect my rights.

I don't get the idea behind ESR's way of thinking!

And see something else - eliminating GPL will eliminate... Yes, answer yourself - who will be eliminated from open source community? (if not totally then at least his role will be minimal without GPL). And who is the biggest evangelist of GPL?

That's why I don't take ESR words seriously. It's just a play for me. If he is serious I think he is thinking something much more than just leaving the GPL. He maybe tries to tell us, that we should definitely change our way of understanding the open source.

Once again - it's good to listen to such persons like ESR very carefully. Sometimes the real meaning is hidden much deeper in the words.

Maybe we just don't need any licenses. Well... Personally I don't think so.

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