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Re: Nomination question: Redhat

On Tue, Dec 15, 1998 at 08:45:09PM +0100, Remco Blaakmeer wrote:
> > I wanted to be nice about how I worded this, but other people have not
> > been so my echo probably won't add much.  Please note this is what I've
> > heard others say, and I have no backing for this whatsoever and while it
> > concerns me, I'm not going to pass judgement without more solid info..
> Ok, then don't take my comment personal.

REMCO!!!  <hugs>  You're the first person to actually make note of the
fact that I do not subscribe to the arguments but was just repeating
them in this forum for those who missed them elsewhere..  =>

> > Redhat has supposedly been removing GPL libs from their dist the same way
> > we removed KDE.  They don't like the GPL for libs and instead of
> > supporting the authors who want their software to be kept free they would
> > rather essentially sell out on the whole free software idea and try to
> > convince proprietary software vendors to port their apps as quick as
> > possible to Redhat since Redhat is quickly becoming the dist that allows
> > the most exploit.
> The association with KDE is FUD. RedHat may lot like the GPL for
> libraries, but that's something entirely different from KDE's license not
> being valid at all. It's the wording "the same way" that bites me.

Needless to say, that's what they argue.  They argue proof in that Redhat
has pretty much said they will not incorporate KDE unless Qt is LGPL. 
Not GPL compatible, not actually GPL, but LPGL.

It has been argued this decision is probably more related to their
investment in Gnome and realization that KDE is a better product at this
time if both it and Qt are Free Software.  They don't want to affect
their bottom line so to speak.  THIS portion of the argument I could
actually believe.  =>  But then of course it's merely an opinion of
possible other motives and then of course they have not actually said
they wouldn't include a GPL compatible Qt in public have they?

We'll see how this pans out when it pans out.  I'm not going to speculate
until it does.

> I wouldn't be surprised by RedHat trying to control the market at all.
> After all, they are a commercial company just like any other commercial
> software vendor.
> So, let them try. Debian will not disappear. As long as enough people
> recognise the superiority of Debian over RedHat, it will attract users.

Good points.

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