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[5]: hm?
by cade on Sun 22nd Apr 2012 23:04 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: hm?"
cade
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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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