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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RE[2]: ESR is a libertomoron
by JeffS on Tue 24th Mar 2009 20:10 UTC in reply to "RE: ESR is a libertomoron"
JeffS
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I know ESR is a gun nut, and a hardcore libertarian, but a racist and a witch?

Any evidence of that?

Anyway, ESR always takes a hardcore libertarian stance. I've seen his blog at his personal website, and he always espouses markets as naturally self-regulating. He even goes so far as saying the current credit/banking crisis is only a natural, temprary blip, and that overall less regulation is better (I disagree, but do think that markets do have some self-regulating qualities, but they require oversight).

So take his blogs/writings/speeches, etc, with a grain of salt.

ESR may not think the GPL is necessary, but for a lot of people (and companies), it is quite useful, if not completely necessary.

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