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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Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

Both licenses have a place, I think

Definitvely, but I dislike how a bunch of loonies members of the FSF condemn anyone who makes a different choise.

Edited 2009-09-02 16:34 UTC

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

That happens with loonies from every camp.

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Mark Williamson Member since:
2005-07-06

Both licenses have a place, I think

Definitvely, but I dislike how a bunch of loonies members of the FSF condemn anyone who makes a different choise.


I'm absolutely with you on that point! Free stuff, be it GPL or BSD or whatever is always a good thing in my opinion. And there is never, ever, ever anything wrong with BSD licensing something if that looks like the best choice to the author of the code.

Personally, I think the GPL is a great license and that part of the reason it is great is due to the insight and effort put into it by RMS and the FSF. But at the same time, some of the things RMS and the FSF come out with sound ridiculous to me. I don't always like their politics, though I do respect that they are generally pretty consistent in their positions.

I think the reasons the GPL has been so successful are somewhat different to the reasons it has been created.

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TheBadger Member since:
2005-11-14

Both licenses have a place, I think

Definitvely, but I dislike how a bunch of loonies members of the FSF condemn anyone who makes a different choise.


And I dislike how a bunch of permissive licence advocates continually whine about the FSF at every juncture. Sure, the FSF would rather you use copyleft licences, but they do acknowledge the Free Software nature of permissive licences.

Meanwhile, with the seemingly endless stream of articles these days featuring ill-informed commentary about the GPL, accompanied by people who take every opportunity to make narrow-minded jibes about "fundamentalists", "religion" and (your words) "loonies", one has to wonder who is part of a religion, exactly.

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Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Im sorry, but I don't argue with intolerant and brainwashed people.

Have a nice day.

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