Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Sep 2007 21:24 UTC, submitted by Kishe
GNU, GPL, Open Source "A research firm serving the mobile phone industry has published an 18-page whitepaper about open source licensing. Entitled 'GPLv2 vs. GPLv3', the paper examines the meteoric rise of open source software, and the forces that shaped each license, before concluding with an extremely detailed point-by-point comparison."
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by sappyvcv on Sat 29th Sep 2007 22:46 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
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While the freedom aspect is debatable, it is certainly more restrictive.

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by Oliver on Sat 29th Sep 2007 22:51 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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The term freedom is never debatable. A golden cage is 'freedom' up to the borders.

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by pinky on Sat 29th Sep 2007 23:08 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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>The term freedom is never debatable. A golden cage is 'freedom' up to the borders.

But there are natural borders which normally everyone accepts. This border is drawn at the point where the freedom of other persons began.

Nobody would really argue that people should have the power to restrict other people freedom. I say "power" because in my eyes this is the point where "freedom for myself" convert into "my power over other people".

I'm all in favor of freedom for everyone but not in favor of power for everyone.

Edited 2007-09-29 23:09

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by sappyvcv on Sat 29th Sep 2007 23:23 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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Never debatable? Uh.. are you being serious?

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by chrono13 on Sun 30th Sep 2007 00:00 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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Anarchy aside, all freedoms are based on limits and restrictions of others freedoms.

Your freedom to own property, for example, depends on restricting other people's freedom to take that property from you.

Your freedom of speech is nothing more than a restriction on others "freedom" to suppress your speech.

And of course, you are free to choose whichever license best suits your project.

Of a more interesting subject of discussion, I remember there was an interesting point made over machine-specific code through encryption (tivoisation) used in the context of casino gaming, voter machines, etc. There may be cases in which the GPL3's freedoms are not ideal, and one would want to restrict in what ways it can be used or redistributed by choosing a more restrictive OSS license.

Edited 2007-09-30 00:02

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by freesid on Sun 30th Sep 2007 04:53 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Please dont generalize like that...

"More restrictive to commercial companies, but is more free to end users"

Thats how i see it ;)

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by sappyvcv on Mon 1st Oct 2007 03:39 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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The license isn't more free. The license places more restrictions. It's the software which use the license which are "more free" according to some.

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