Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Nov 2006 16:53 UTC, submitted by deanlinkous
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Software Freedom Law Center's CTO Bradley Kuhn has issued a statement regarding the Novell-Microsoft agreements and how they will impact FOSS developers. They have analyzed in particular Microsoft's Patent Pledge for Non-Compensated Developers and see little value and in fact say it's worse than useless, because it creates an illusion of safety and because it limits severely what that developer is allowed to do with his work."
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RE[2]: Old time logic
by sbergman27 on Sat 11th Nov 2006 22:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Old time logic"
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"""To allow Open Source to contaminate proprietary code is asking for trouble. FSF is a snake and no matter what they say, you will eventually get bit, if you touch anything GPL. It is in the nature of FSF and GPL to do that."""

You do understand that not all OSS code is under the GPL, right?

Is using BSD licensed code "asking for trouble"?

As far as copylefted licenses go, it's no big secret that they do have teeth. Very prominently displayed teeth, in fact. To some, those teeth are smiling. To others, who prefer to keep their code proprietary, they may be perceived (quite rightly) as fangs. But the copylefted aspect is always quite forthright, and it is the responsibility of the user of the source code to understand what they are getting into.

I may be critical of the FS fanatics, but the anti-FS zealots are just as bad, really.

One might (naively) expect less of that on a site dedicated to diversity in OSes.

Edited 2006-11-11 22:06

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