Re: Fwd: reiser4 non-free?
Burnes, James wrote:
(1) Everytime the kernel invokes kmod, the kmod team brays about how
great they are.
(2) Everytime someone opens a dynamic library, it shouts about how great
(3) Everytime your email program starts up, it delays for 20 seconds
while it advertises for the team. Of course if you buy support, this
message goes away. Hmmm....
(4) Everytime a particular SMTP service starts up it announces it's
version and a random contributor. For people trying to hack into
systems, this is very bad as it can be used to determine whether there
If the above software is Free, it does not contravene the license to
modify the software so it doesn't do this (without specific examples, I
can't be sure if the above software is free or not). One can only assume
that the developers are either a) OK with this, or b) militantly unaware
of the permissions they are granting when they release their software
under a Free license.
I find it unlikely that people intelligent enough to write software as
complex as Apache, Sendmail, Linux, Thunderbird, etc. would license
their software under a license they haven't fully read, or don't fully
understand. I (and, in my opinion, any 'reasonable person') must assume
that when an author releases under the GPL, he intends to permit any
modification of the program (including the removal of run-time
advertisements), as the GPL states.
'GPL + rider' licenses, on the other hand, show that the author really
intends some other license, which is often non-free.
GPL initially, followed by an amendment into 'GPL + rider' suggests that
the author fits into category b).