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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RE[5]: ESR is a libertomoron
by google_ninja on Wed 25th Mar 2009 05:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ESR is a libertomoron"
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Yeah, he's also a fantastic writer, which is why I've read most of what he's written. I used to regularly read his blog until that post actually, which is when i jumped off board. I don't even know if he even is a racist, but he is ready to jump on any half brained bandwagon and ride the hell out of it without doing much questioning. I think that is what this whole thing is about, he's just realized the GPL is in direct opposition with his free-market libertarianism, so now he's gotta come up with a way to make it all fit. A few years ago he used to say that the GPL makes sense everywhere except for when you can make a strong business case against it, and even then it makes sense to gpl some bits, and keep the rest proprietary.

Unfortunately for him, the reactionary parts of the the linux world will probably totally despise everything he says for now on, and they are the ones that tend to form user groups that pay for people like him to come and talk.

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