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[2]: What a waste of time....
by MOS6510 on Sat 2nd Jun 2012 17:48 UTC in reply to "RE: What a waste of time.... "
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, so what? They can have their closed fork. Anyone else can create a free fork and the original creator can continue his own version.

That's what you get if you make it public domain. If that's now what you want then just don't, make is closed and sell it. GPL, BSD, whatever it.

In the old days there was lots of public domain software. Demos, games, serious software. A lot of high quality stuff.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

The "public domain" works of olden days were usually distributed in binary form, without source.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yeah, that's right. For some reason it didn't seem anyone cared about the source code.

P.D. stuff was free and legal software, that alone was enough to make most people happy.

Most P.D. stuff I got was on floppies stuck on magazines (which caused immense cover mutilation when removing the floppy). As we didn't have the Internet to download from this was the best and quickest way to get hold of new and recent software.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Are you not aware who writes most opensource software these days? And why they are OK at actually contributing to GPL'd projects?

Edited 2012-06-03 02:13 UTC

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

No, I´m not. I guess because like most people I search for what I need, add the word "free" to the search term and download it. If it works it works, if it doesn´t I delete it. Who wrote it, why and under what license doesn´t matter to me.

In the old days it wasn´t so easy to get loads of serious software. It was much easier to give more attention to who made something when you got hold of it. If their program was included with a magazine you´d often find an interview or at least some info on the person.

Now we live in a fast connected world with loads of good and awful software. You need something, you have it a few seconds later, it doesn´t work, it´s gone even faster.

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