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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RE[5]: KDE vs. GNOME
by rm6990 on Wed 13th Jul 2005 16:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: KDE vs. GNOME"
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> Do you have schitzophrenia or something? You seem
> to be really paranoid?

I now believe that it was too hard to expect getting an non-insulting comment from a GNOME user like you. Is it possible for you or others to argue normally ?

KDE is a powerful Free Software graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.

Personally I don't care much for the license. I have no issue with it since I am able to get the source and compile them on my own. KDE is a pretty nice desktop solution that simply works and where I get my work done and done correctly.

OK, at first I thought maybe u were being a bit paranoid, or misunderstood me, but now I personally think u r downright stupid. Like I said, reread my comments. I never once bashed QT, KDE or Trolltech. Someone asked a question about where these licensing issues were coming from, I told him. That's all. Now would someone please explain to me what I did wrong?

I applaude Trolltech for what they have done. They never had to GPL their toolkit, they could have kept it closed source, yet they did GPL it. There is a risk to them that if it is forked and the fork is the way KDE goes, their business model could be in jeopardy, yet they put that issue aside for the Open Source community, and I thank them for that, irregardless of whether or not I am a Gnome user. Yes I use Gnome. But guess what, I suggest KDE for anyone I introduce to Linux. I also use K3b, Kalarm, Opera and numerous other KDE and QT applications on my desktop. So saying I am this Gnome zealot that hates KDE and QT doesn't exactly stick. I use Gnome because I like it. That's all. It has nothing to do with the underlying toolkit, nor does it have anything to do with licensing.

Perhaps you should take your meds and then reread my comments yet again. Maybe you will see I did nothing wrong this time around, and said nothing bad about kde...or perhaps that point will go flying right over your head again. Just to make it easy on you, I will quote myself here from one of my first comments in this thread :

For commercial applications it is beholden to Trolltech. You cannot write a proprietary application using QT without buying a license from Trolltech. This is not so with Gnome/GTK+. That is what he is talking about. Whether this is good or bad depends on the views of the user/developer.

Apparently not everyone had so much trouble understanding me, like you did, as someone modded that comment up.

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