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[3]: hm?
by cade on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 02:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: hm?"
cade
Member since:
2009-02-28

In many cases, where applicable, a lot of people suffer because they choose not to enlighten themselves.

If the GPL creates a level playing field then why is it that the number of Windows desktops thrashes the number of Linux/etc. desktops in the world. Megacorps like Microsoft get by since many consumers refuse or don't realise that they can enlighten themselves in regards to alternative solutions (OS, programs, etc). It's like when layman people invest in Microsoft Office and then I mention the merits of apps like OpenOffice (especially the nil cost) and then they wakeup. Complete control occurs when the "sheep" decide they want to be controlled, decide not to make a stand towards personal enlightenment.

There are people who code for the love of coding and the love of the coded project and have no problems with sharing their efforts through a BSD licence.

While the code may benefit some "evil" mega-corps, the code also has the potential to benefit many other entities be it the student, academician, professional, consultant, etc. within a no-strings-attached context.


This is not the 1980's/1990's where Microsoft had free reign. Who would have thought that Microsoft would contribute to the Linux space. I remember reading Microsoft's marketing material against Linux in the late 1990's, they were scared of Linux back then. Consider the Google/Apple app stores and the rise of standards like OpenGL, etc.

With society-based enlightenment comes a more level playing field.

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RE[4]: hm?
by Kivada on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 20:35 in reply to "RE[3]: hm?"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Microsoft's contributions where a red herring and Thom knew it. Every single line of their contributions where to support virtualization of Windows on Linux hosts, just so they could keep selling Windows to managers that know nothing else even exists.

As to Microsoft's ubiquity, you really should look into the history, they did things the mafia wishes they would have thought of to get their position.

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RE[5]: hm?
by cade on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 23:04 in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
cade Member since:
2009-02-28

Yes, I am well aware how Microsoft plays the game. I am an OpenGL coder, amongst other things, and I remember when Microsoft purposely crippled their own OpenGL implementation so they could redirect people to their recently acquired Direct3D as an alternative. It took SGI and John Carmack (from Id software, makers of Wolfensteiin, Quake, Doom, etc.) to show OpenGL was fine on Windows platform.

Sadly, too many people have an over-reliance on the Windows platform because of the "drone" mentality, they think "everybody" uses it and so they must use it. This probably comes from the stance that the computer is just a "boring white box" and so they blindly accept the status quo. OTOH, there are the more creative/brave/logical people who realise that the Windows platform is not the be-all-end-all and embrace other platforms because of what they offer (e.g. MacOSX, Linux, OpenSolaris/OpenIndiana, OpenBSD ...).

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RE[5]: hm?
by jptros on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 02:12 in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

Yes, of course! Microsoft is making Windows work better on Linux for the IT managers that aren't aware that Linux exists! Got it! Hold on while I grab another beer and some popcorn, this thread just keeps getting better and better.

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