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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Linus' "standing"

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Linus' "standing"
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 13:53:53 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
> [...]
>> communities, and a look at the license distribution of registered
>> projects on freshmeat.
> Ignorance rules the world. (So that smart ones can live better.)

Except that one can't license software by default.  Licensing requires
putting copyright notices into stuff, and including a copyright file.
One can't license stuff while being ignorant of what one is doing.

Of course, the ratio of people who would not be suited by other
licenses in a degree that they would rather create the GPL (if it was
not already there) than use anything else is slim.

But that is similar with other choices: the ratio of people who would
put an active fight up for democracy is quite smaller than those who
appreciate its benefits.

It would be illusionary to count every person licensing under the GPL
as a potential hardline fighter for software freedom.

But it is even more illusionary to think that for some reason, you are
the only unappreciated person with intelligence in the universe, and
everybody else must be a gibbering idiot.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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