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Re: Dangerous precedent being set - possible serious violation of the GPL

I've removed debian-legal from the Cc:s.

On Thu, Dec 09, 1999 at 12:45:07PM -0500, Caspian wrote:
> The chain reaction is going on in the "Open Source" world, not the
> "free software" world. We are being left behind.

Won't be the first time.

Last "Open" movement left us with motif as an "open industry standard".
People that bought into that are still living with the pain.

The impact on the free software community was minor: some people
deluded themselves with the open hype, but that just means that their
contributions were wasted.

Free software has an economic advantage over Slave software, in that it
can undercut the market.  There's other issues (protocols and standards),
but a standard that stands still allows a free implementation while a
standard that doesn't stand still eventually leaves behind the people
who want to use it for something that has long term value.

On the other hand, software with a lot of marketing dollars behind
it gets relatively broad acceptance regardless of the economics.


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