Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Valhalla
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2006-01-24


It doesn't, although I get the impression that Stallman and his open source-loving followers want to force mandatory GPL licenses upon the rest of us.

Obviously they want people to use GPL, else they wouldn't have crafted it, just like author's of other licences want to see their licences used as they reflect their needs/philosophies, but forced? I don't see where you get that.

Given how licences work (totally based upon copyright) there's no way for anyone to enforce a licence on someone else's code. It's up to the author to decide the conditions under which his/her works may be copied.

Basically, what I am saying is I think the world is just fine with a mix of open source/proprietary software.

Yes, unlike Stallman I don't see anything inherently immoral about proprietary software. I find it less practical, but not 'bad' in itself. However things I really dislike in software, like vendor lock-in, DRM mechanisms, protocol obfuscation, spyware, are all dependant on it being proprietary and in that respect I can see where this dislike of proprietary software comes from.

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maniqui Member since:
2012-01-03

I think this article:

Copyleft Without Coercion
http://culturalliberty.org/blog/index.php?id=278

can shed some light on this particular discussion between Valhalla & WorknMan, setting some middle ground.

The article explains that some of common characteristics of proprietary software (for example, usually being closed source) are epiphenomenons of copyright paradigm, and develops the idea of a non-coercive GPL (ncGPL), which doesn't force the distribution of source code (but that is different to BSD in that it requires a similar license applied to derivatives).
The article also lists some new business models that this ncGPL would enable, and that wouldn't be possible for software distributed with GPL or copyright license.

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