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Re: Mostly free software...

[ this thread should be on debian-discuss ]

On Thu, Mar 25, 1999 at 09:26:05PM +0200, Fabrizio Polacco wrote:

> > Such a license is certainly not "free enough" for me.  What if there
> > is a bug in the regression test?  What if I need a feature that breaks
> > compatibility with the regression test?

Me neither, I was just pointing it out.

> This is exactly like the revocation license: the want you to work
> gratis for them (as the Trolls did) and also want to keep the
> possibility to close all when the development is complete.
I don't think Larry intends to close everything up.  He's someone who
has, IIRC, done a fair amount for Linux.  I think what he wants is not
to work gratis for *us*, which is also understandable.

> We should fight loudly these "clever" guys.  They are worse than M$.

I think licenses like this are a danger to truly free software.  See
the success of mysql at the expense of postgresql...

OTOH, I don't see anyone coming up with good ways to pay people to
*develop* free software, so I can't really be too harsh with those of
us who don't want to give up things like a house, wife, children, car,
but who still want to write software for a living.

I admire and respect RMS for his total dedication to free software,
but at the same time, I think that, frankly, it's ludicrous to expect
someone to not want some sort of compensation for their efforts
talents and time.

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P.S. - maybe we should make an addition to Godwin's law stating that,
at least for our Linux purposes, comparison to M$ also ends a

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