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: @Tim Butler
by tbutler on Wed 13th Jul 2005 16:31 UTC in reply to "@Tim Butler"
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2005-07-06

No I'm not, and I'm quite sure Ed would never suggest I'm a zealot, he knows me too well. Now, I'll leave it to your imagination until next week what I'm really using, but I am not using GNOME.

First, though, let me say this: when I did switch to GNOME I did so for pragmatic reasons. I felt the interface was going in a better direction, that my earlier complaints about it had been solved, that the apps I wanted to use typically where GTK+ based and I was never fond of KDE's dependence on Trolltech. This is not because I do not like Trolltech, I think they are a fine company, but because I would rather see a desktop environment in a position where Trolltech was providing value added services on top of the basic development, rather than the whole stack of solutions. For example: if I am a Windows developer, I can develop perfectly integrated software without Trolltech's license (or without any development licenses at all -- if I do not mind doing more of the dirty work myself), but I can choose to purchase Qt if I want to take advantage of its power. I wish KDE was in the same position.

I have nothing against KDE. Since I left the KDE community, I've found there are some features I simply cannot replicate on other platforms that I miss. But, as a whole it is not the right desktop for me. It is a fine desktop though, and I still insist it has the finest underpinnings of any D.E. I've used.

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