Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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by mumic on Thu 13th Nov 2003 18:57 UTC

No disrespect intended to you, but it is a bit "lame" to always claim that someone who doesn't agree with the GPL hasn't read it. I have indeed read it, and I think that you are (either willfully or not) downplaying the "viral" effects of it.

It is not only Microsoft who don't like it. You may not _use_ other's GPL licensed code at all without releasing your extensions as GPL. Lots of people and companies don't intend to use GPL-licensed code because IP is impossible by extending that licensed code. They _do_ however have the source (again, thanks to the GPL). This is my original point - that the code can be copied and modified because control of the source code has been lost.

I've been accused several times of having "not read" the GPL. On the contrary, I've read it _and_ understood its implied meaning as well as the words stated. Of course the FSF continually says that this is not a "viral" license. But then they developed LGPL - which is it then? Of course you don't have to license everything compiled under GCC as GPL - that is a ridiculous idea. My preference to go to the Intel compiler is a matter of principle - severing my contact with the FSF and what I perceive to be an underhanded and coercive tactic aimed at all IP (which RMS openly disdains).

I have every respect for anyone who chooses to use the GPL if that is their choice. But please don't insult people who disagree with RMS about "freedom" by claiming that they haven't "read the license."

Finally, when RMS gets around to writing a plain-talk GPL without the normal legalese I feel that a fair number more people would take notice of the implied meaning. However, I for one would respect him a LOT more if he did just that. It is not likely though, and _that_ is the source of my complaint.