Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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Said something similar in 2005 ...
by Moulinneuf on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC
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ESR made a similar comment in 2005 :


I also need to point out that ESR is the guy who ran VA Linux hardware division into the ground , that he was on the board of the defunct "Linspire/lindows". So he tested is theory in practice and it failed.

He knows first hands that he is wrong ... Yet keep pushing the idea that "this time" , he might get a different outcome.

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JoeBuck Member since:

ESR did not run the VA Linux hardware division to the ground, because he never had any management responsibility at VA. He was an outside member of the board of directors, brought on for the publicity value.

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Moulinneuf Member since:

I'm on VA's Board of Directors

and it's a matter of public record that I hold a substantial share in the company.

also sits on the VA Linux Board of Directors

"ESR: I'm sure Microsoft's stamp of approval for BSD is very sincere, and I'm also sure it's an attempt to frame Linux out of the picture. The Windows TCP/IP stack is built around BSD code; from Microsoft's point of view, the BSD crowd are a bunch of suckers begging to be exploited again and again. I'm certain Microsoft would love for the entire open-source world to turn into an acquiescent source of free R&D for its monopoly."

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