Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2007 15:20 UTC, submitted by flanque
Linspire "In an interview today with Linux-Watch, controversial Linux leader Kevin Carmony confirmed rumors that he had resigned as CEO of desktop Linux vendor Linspire on July 31. Carmony said he plans to work on several of his own business projects, and on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign."
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From Linux to the Republican party...
by narcissus on Tue 7th Aug 2007 03:22 UTC
narcissus
Member since:
2005-07-06

"Thanks for the laugh I haven't read anything more absurd in weeks."

I see you're amused, but you fail to state to absurdity. I obvisously don't see it, as I made the statement.

Please elaborate so that I can point out the folly of your logic. Or rather maybe you'll make an insightful remark?

I think that with the proper definition of "republican", my point is valid. It is my opinion that the title of republican has been coopted by the "neocons" and the religious right.

The GPL license is a grant of the author to release his copyright to the general public in return for any "improvements" to be given back. This emphasizes the individual's rights - a "republican" belief.

The BSD license gives the rights to the code away. This is democratic (socialist) in nature.

So without you expounding upon that which you find humour in, I consider you trolling.

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Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

The GPL license is a grant of the author to release his copyright to the general public in return for any "improvements" to be given back. This emphasizes the individual's rights - a "republican" belief.

The BSD license gives the rights to the code away. This is democratic (socialist) in nature.


I think you have those two switched.

The GPL license (and other copyleft/non-free licenses) tells small businesses and private individuals they should subsidize large businesses and be happy about it while giving up essential rights in the process, a republican value.

The BSD license (and other actual free software licenses) is about protecting the rights of the individual to do what they like without fear of the majority's will, a democratic value.

Edited 2007-08-07 11:40 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The GPL license (and other copyleft/non-free licenses) tells small businesses and private individuals they should subsidize large businesses and be happy about it while giving up essential rights in the process, a republican value.

The BSD license (and other actual free software licenses) is about protecting the rights of the individual to do what they like without fear of the majority's will, a democratic value.


I think you have it backward.

The BSD license (and other similar too-permissive licenses) is about allowing large businesses to simply take the work of small businesses and private individuals. The BSD license is perfect for allowing a large predatory company to subvert and subsume a work via a "embrace, extend, extinguish" strategy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace%2C_extend%2C_extinguis...

The GPL license makes sure that the work of large businesses, small businesses and private individuals contributed under the GPL remains forever openly available to large businesses, small businesses and private individuals.

The GPL license allows for "embrace", it allows for "extend" (for all to use), but it prevents "extinguish". Perfect. Ideal.

Google has the right idea:
http://www.informationweek.com/internet/showArticle.jhtml?articleID...

"Collaboration" and "co-operation" are the aims of copyleft licenses, not "takeover" or "slave labor".

I have no idea what American political flavor the concept of true "collaboration" would come under.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaboration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons-based_peer_production
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coase%27s_Penguin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wealth_of_Networks
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed%27s_law

Edited 2007-08-07 13:55

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chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

So without you expounding upon that which you find humour in, I consider you trolling

No I wasn't trolling. I am still ROTFL. What exactly exactly causes one to laugh is difficult to define. I think in this case it is that your statement amounts to a philosophical category error.

However somewhat belatedly back on topic didn't Mitt Romney give some support to OSS and ODF while he was Governor of Mass. Though I imagine he probably backtracked when MS brought out its big guns and big dollars.

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