Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:56 UTC, submitted by Modafinil
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The Samba Team and seven kernel hackers have come together with Software Freedom Conservancy to help efforts to ensure compliance with the GPL by those who implement Linux and other GPL software. Richard Hillesley talked to Bradley Kuhn of Software Freedom Conservancy, Jeremy Allison of Samba, and Matthew Garrett, who works in his spare time with the GPL Compliance Project for Linux Developers."
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RE: LOL
by Gone fishing on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 08:00 UTC in reply to "LOL"
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2006-02-22

Personally I try to take the opposite approach and try to respect all licenses.It seems to me that the producer of software has a right to determine its license, if the software has an offensive license or EULA then I try not to use that software (although an EULA and Copyright licenses are not equivalent).

This is one of the reasons I choose free software, if more people did this rather than pirating software more people would use free software. The likes of Microsoft know this, which is why they tolerate limited piracy, especially in the developing economies.

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RE[2]: LOL
by ssokolow on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 09:52 in reply to "RE: LOL"
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2010-01-21

Personally I try to take the opposite approach and try to respect all licenses.It seems to me that the producer of software has a right to determine its license, if the software has an offensive license or EULA then I try not to use that software (although an EULA and Copyright licenses are not equivalent).

This is one of the reasons I choose free software, if more people did this rather than pirating software more people would use free software. The likes of Microsoft know this, which is why they tolerate limited piracy, especially in the developing economies.


Agreed. I do the same. In fact, I go far enough that the only closed-source non-games on my system are Opera (for testing sites I write), Flash (Gnash isn't quite there yet), my nVidia drivers, Skype (normally left turned off), and my BIOS. (I've been lazy. I'll probably specifically source motherboards that'll work with CoreBoot once my only other option is UEFI.)

(Games get a pass as long as they're DRM-free and I didn't pirate them because I have yet to see sufficient evidence for open-source development being able to produce "disposable code" like games where they can't start small and just refine it over the course of a decade.)

Back before I switched to Lubuntu for lack of time, I was on Gentoo using Portage 2.2 alphas and my system was configured so Portage only allowed libre-licensed packages without prompting me to whitelist the licenses individually. (You'd be surprised how many fonts and other supplementary files have little clauses that make them freely-redistributable and freely-usable but not free)

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RE[3]: LOL
by zima on Mon 4th Jun 2012 21:54 in reply to "RE[2]: LOL"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I didn't pirate them because I have yet to see sufficient evidence for open-source development being able to produce "disposable code" like games where they can't start small and just refine it over the course of a decade.

??... (my personal, internal EN interpreter seemingly failed to parse it, and for some reason I'm curious about the meaning of that quote ;p )

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