Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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by Morgan on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Re:"
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If I were to write a piece of software and wanted to put it out there for mass consumption, I would go with the BSD license every time. Why? Because in my own personal view, that license is much less restrictive than the GPL in any revision. For all the freedom the GPL grants, it also is very restrictive in that it forbids certain actions, benign though the intent behind it may be. That is the very antithesis of freedom in my personal view.

That said, I do respect what Stallman is trying to do with the GPL as his tool. Unfortunately, forcing someone to follow a restrictive set of rules so that the software itself can be "Free" is no different than using guns to promote peace. It has to be done, but it sucks all the same.

To put it another way, the GPL says "you MUST do this, this, this, and this so you are free to do everything else", and BSD simply says "you are free to do anything you want".*

*Yes, I realize the BSD license requires that a copy of the license and copyright notice are included with source and binary releases, but if that were not the case it wouldn't be a license at all. It would simply be license-free public domain. As the GPL also contains this clause, I feel the two instances cancel each other out for the purposes of this discussion.

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