Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:56 UTC, submitted by Modafinil
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Samba Team and seven kernel hackers have come together with Software Freedom Conservancy to help efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL by those who implement Linux and other GPL software. Richard Hillesley talked to Bradley Kuhn of Software Freedom Conservancy, Jeremy Allison of Samba, and Matthew Garrett, who works in his spare time with the GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers."
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What a waste of time....
by obsidian on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 07:35 UTC
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As a wonderful line on the website says - "Life's too short - let's get back to coding."

I wonder if the world would have been worse-off if Linux and gcc had been released as "public domain".
Anyone think so? I don't.

The software would still be out there (just as SQLite is - the best-known PD software). Has SQLite suffered from being PD? No, it hasn't. It is used in a huge number of products, and in many of those products it is used BECAUSE it is PD. (Because it is good as well, but anyway...)

The reason I really like PD software is because it is the ultimate in freedom. Do what you want with it.
Use it as-is. Fork it and make a GPL/BSD/MIT-licensed version. Include it with any other software.
Most important of all, IMO - **learn** from it, and you don't need to worry about then including what you have learned in your own software.

Last but not least, PD software comes with **no egos**. The vast majority of users of it will "do the right thing" anyway, and acknowledge the authors, but there is no requirement to do so.

PD software really is the ultimate in both generosity and freedom.

"Free" Software Foundation? I don't think so.
"Free" as in "no cost, but you'd better follow these rules or we will send the GPL squad after you."

Edited 2012-06-02 07:47 UTC

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