Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 12:41 UTC, submitted by nitsudima
GNU, GPL, Open Source David Chisnall casts a critical eye over the GNU General Public License and asks whether it's done more harm than good for the Free Software movement. "Looking back, has the GPL been a help, or a hindrance? And will it continue to be a help or hindrance in the future?"
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Doesn't always fit.
by theTSF on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 15:20 UTC
theTSF
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2005-09-27

I think the real point from this story is not if GPL helps or hinders more. But more to the fact that the GPL is not good for all situations. Giving RMS Polarized Zeal on the topic, it makes it difficult for the GPL followers to realize that their License isn't a Utopian License which will make the world a good and happy place if everyone switched. But a tool that can be useful when it is useful. Not going GPL doesn't mean you are turning evil but just the fact it doesn't work for you model.

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RE: Doesn't always fit.
by tomcat on Sat 5th Sep 2009 02:30 in reply to "Doesn't always fit."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I think the real point from this story is not if GPL helps or hinders more. But more to the fact that the GPL is not good for all situations. Giving RMS Polarized Zeal on the topic, it makes it difficult for the GPL followers to realize that their License isn't a Utopian License which will make the world a good and happy place if everyone switched. But a tool that can be useful when it is useful. Not going GPL doesn't mean you are turning evil but just the fact it doesn't work for you model.


One of the best posts on this thread. Thanks.

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