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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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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