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Re: PHP-Nuke: A calling for votes

On Mon, 2003-03-10 at 17:24, Richard Braakman wrote:
> My rule of thumb is that if you ever find yourself in a situation where
> the technically ideal solution is blocked by software licensing, then
> you're not dealing with free software.  This is my version of freedom 0.
> (You could always get around software licensing by reimplementing the
> software in question... but that's why I don't consider it free software.)

So, any license which is incompatible with any other is non-free?  

> The GPL skirts the edge of this: for example, the requirement to
> distribute source is ok because you can include a "written offer"
> if there's no room for the source.  (Even this has its problems, though.
> If you're launching an interplanetary probe that uses GPLed software,
> do you have include a source CD?  Or carve the offer into the probe's
> hull?  Every byte might count.  I'd go for the offer, and hope that
> Martians will request the source so that we can make them pay for
> the next probe.)

The offer also only needs to be good for three years -- by the time the
Martians get a reply out, it's probably too late :)  Still, if you're
sending software to space, it's *good* to include the source code, so
that they can alter the software to send the probe back to us.

> I think 2(a) and 2(c) go over the edge.  For 2(a), there are file
> formats where it's difficult to add a change history.  People seem
> to deal with that by ignoring it.  

We ought to allow changelogs there, I agree.  

-Dave Turner                     Stalk Me: 617 441 0668

"On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters 
of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson

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