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Re: A Big Fly in the Open-Source Soup
Posted by: Stephen H. Wildstrom 2004-08-16 12:43:11
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The open-source movement has had a remarkable run of success that has seen software such as the Linux operating system and the Apache Web server emerge as major challenges to Microsoft. However, the movement is now facing a crisis. At its heart is a question that has been around from the very beginning: How does software owned by everyone and by no one survive in a world where copyrights and patents shape the legal landscape? The question is being forced on a number of fronts, and if open source is to play an important role in software's future, the issue will have to be dealt with decisively.

Re: A Big Fly in the Open-Source Soup
Posted by: TalkC 2004-08-16 20:20:19 In reply to: Stephen H. Wildstrom
Actually, the issue has been dealt with. If you don't want to use it - don't. Simple enough. The creator is free to choose his own license. the consumer can choose the value of being able to modify it, or be a bozo and asked to be handcuffed.
You are free to decide your own path - no one stops you from paying more without the hiope of optimizing your code or making necessary changes if it makes you feel better to be unable to do that.
Choose your own path and see what makes the most sense for you. Just don't tell me what path I have to choose - that's a noneya - as in none of your business.

GPL License
Posted by: fullewr 2004-08-16 16:03:54 In reply to: Stephen H. Wildstrom
Actually, it is quite clear in it's terms. You are free to use it, and modify it to your heart's content. If you chose to distribute the code, then you must distribute it under the terms of the GPL. What you cannot do, is take the work of someone else (the existing GPL code) and incorporate it into your application, then sell it (as your own) without releasing the source code. It is not some mysterious 'viral' thing, it is a simple license agreement with the copyright holder(s). If you just want to steal someone else's work and claim it as your own, you are free to do that under the BSD license. And as for software patents, they are idiotic in most cases, such as Amazon's 'one-click', and Microsoft's 'double-click' patents.
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