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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Abolishing Misunderstandings
by Luka Woititz on Tue 24th Mar 2009 20:35 UTC
Luka Woititz
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2009-03-24

Quotation: "Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman."

Mr. Stallman has absolutely nothing to do with the open source initiative. He's an important figure in our free software movement.

Quotation: "Eric S. Raymond questioned whether or not we still need reciprocal licenses like the GPL in a world where abusing open source code by making it closed source is pretty much a death sentence for your company. It's simply never a successful strategy, he argues, and as such, how much sense does it make to have reciprocal licenses like the GPL?"

These statements show, why mr. Raymond is a typical figure in the open source initiative. For him, the proprietary software is just a strategy question; for the free software movement is it a social problem and free software (the GNU GPL license) is the solution for it.

Quotation: "That is why I don't think you really need GPL or a reciprocal licenses anymore. It is attempting to prevent the behavior that the market punishes anyway. He added that the BSD license is a good alternative to the GPL."

Users need and deserve freedom. Someone must defend these freedoms, this is why we need the GPL license.

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