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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Free software is movement and philosophy. GPL and few others "constitutions" only describe it. Of course, it gives you some freedoms in cost of some limitations.

Like you are living in free country, but you dont have right to cheat, steal or kill anybody you want. Do you consider those limitations as a drawback?
It is about what is fair or what is not.

How are you going to guarantee those freedoms in other way than limit some other rights? Some rights will always be in contradiction to each other.

Anyway, sometimes it is better to give right to "kill other people".

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