Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jul 2005 14:00 UTC, submitted by Timothy R. Butler
GNU, GPL, Open Source Tim Butler knew when he mentioned something negative about the GNU Project's General Public License (GPL), in his column on KDE last week, he would inevitably be accused of arguing the GPL was a bad license. What did not fit into that piece shall now be dealt with: is the GPL a bad license or is the issue he complained about something else?
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Oh boy
by anda_skoa on Wed 13th Jul 2005 15:21 UTC
anda_skoa
Member since:
2005-07-07

Yet another licence flamewar and I have to do some shopping and can't follow it ;)

Seriously: why is it that "XYZ is a bad licence" articles are always by some non-developer?

Maybe developers can decide for themselves which library they use for whatever merrit?

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RE: Oh boy
by ckknight on Wed 13th Jul 2005 20:08 in reply to "Oh boy"
ckknight Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, I consider myself a developer. I've been developing minor applications for a couple years now, and I have learned that I would never use a GPL'd library such as Qt. If I write software with its own independant logic, I don't want to be dictated as to how I release it just because of the GUI toolkit that I use. This is why, when making a GUI application, I predominantly go with Gtk+, while releasing it under a license of my choosing (usually an Open Source license).

GPL is not a bad license for some developers, but I completely understand companies that won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

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RE[2]: Oh boy
by anda_skoa on Wed 13th Jul 2005 21:24 in reply to "RE: Oh boy"
anda_skoa Member since:
2005-07-07

Well, I consider myself a developer

You nicely show what I intended to show.
You are a developer, you knew your options, you chose one.

You don't crawl around writing articles, rants or whatever speculating about other imaginary developers ability to choose for themselves.

GPL is not a bad license for some developers, but I completely understand companies that won't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Absolutely. The company I am working for woudn't either, but fortunately there are plenty of options, including in our case the availability of a Qt licence for proprietary development.

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