Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 12:41 UTC, submitted by nitsudima
GNU, GPL, Open Source David Chisnall casts a critical eye over the GNU General Public License and asks whether it's done more harm than good for the Free Software movement. "Looking back, has the GPL been a help, or a hindrance? And will it continue to be a help or hindrance in the future?"
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GPL or BSD? not just a choice of ideology
by walec51 on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 22:50 UTC
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I think David Chisnall forgets that it's not just about the ideology when we are considering to use GPL or a BSD type license in our project. The GPL is also a legal tool that helps you accomplish your projects/business strategy. Like the dual-license business model for example:

http://www.openeo.biz/dual-licensing/

or just sharing the burden of developing a useful internal tool without the risk of seeing its sources bundled in your rivals closed source product.

Of course the GPL can cause problems like the article author described. But thats more of a case of choosing the right license and strategy for your project. NOT the case if the GPL is evil or good by it self.

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