Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Apr 2012 19:25 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "A new analysis of licensing data shows that not only is use of the GPL and other copyleft licenses continuing to decline, but the rate of disuse is actually accelerating." This shouldn't be surprising. The GPL is complex, and I honestly don't blame both individuals and companies opting for simpler, more straightforward licenses like BSD or MIT-like licenses.
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RE[4]: hm?
by lemur2 on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: hm?"
lemur2
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"It`s like the beos crowd here isn`t it. Where companies are worshipped, and GPL and linux uncool.


It's nothing - nothing - to do with what's cool or uncool. It's to do with people finding that the GPL places restrictions on their code - and on the use of their code by others - that they find to be utterly objectionable.
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This is a commonly expressed viewpoint, but it is a complete red herring.

The GPL doesn't apply to THEIR code (unless they want it to). The GPL only applies to code someone else wrote and placed under the GPL.

The recipient of GPL code simply doesn't get the luxury to find the restrictions of the GPL objectionable, because it isn't their code to which those restrictions apply.

Edited 2012-04-22 02:00 UTC

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