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Re: [TSVN] To GPL or not to GPL

From: Simon Large <simon_at_skirridsystems.co.uk>
Date: 2005-08-19 10:41:08 CEST

Stefan Küng wrote:
> Toby Johnson wrote:
>>> Some time ago there was talk about changing our license to something
>>> other than GPL, and having spent a lot of time looking at the
>>> restrictions it places, and reading Richard Stallman's rants about
>>> all non-free software being unethical, I am getting pretty sick of it
>>> myself. I saw this link and decided he had lost the plot:
>>> http://www.stallman.org/harry-potter.html
> I'm all in favour to change the license. But the link to Stallman's page
> doesn't tell me that he lost the plot. If you read the article he links
> to and if you know a little about what happened there, I think he has a
> point: telling people who bought a book to *not* read it until some
> marketing guru's allows you to is just simply wrong.
>> I don't see what is to be gained by making decisions on the licensing
>> of software based on the actions of someone who happens to support one
>> of the licenses under consideration.
> I agree, we shouldn't make that decisions based on Stallman.

You're right of course, it was getting late when I wrote that. I was not
basing my objections to the GPL on that, just expressing my fedupness
with RMS standing on the moral high ground. My main objection is that
the GPL seems to be excessively restrictive for what we want.


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