Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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And what makes you think you are not in your right to distribute your program under any licence (or none at all) you wish?

In what way does the existance of GPL hinder you in that venture?

It doesn't, although I get the impression that Stallman and his open source-loving followers want to force mandatory GPL licenses upon the rest of us. If that isn't the case, then I have no issues with them. And I do not think open source should be forced on to governments, but if they are producing documents that citizens want/need to read, I DO think they should be forced to output in formats that are standardized/free to implement/free of patent litigation.

And yes, I am equally apprehensive of those who might wish to kill GPL altogether in favor of proprietary software. On my PC, I have a mix of both open and closed source software, and would be quite pissed if anybody tried to take any of it away.

Basically, what I am saying is I think the world is just fine with a mix of open source/proprietary software. I do think that many of the patents should be done away with, but like I said... that is a different problem, different topic.

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