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 23:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
sappyvcv
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2005-07-06

Never debatable? Uh.. are you being serious?

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by archiesteel on Mon 1st Oct 2007 04:43 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

For once I agree with you: certain words, such as "freedom", represent complex concepts that cannot be reduced to absolutes. Freedom is certainly debatable, and many people have debated the concept over human history.

The case can be made that GPL, while more restrictive, protects freedom of the code by making sure derivatives are also free. Others argue that BSD gives more freedom to developers. These apparently contradictory positions are, in fact, both true.

This is why internet discussions on such loaded terms often degenerate into flamewars.

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