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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Bruce Perens and world table

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- Bruce Perens and world table
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 14:10:45 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> Dan Lyons reports:
> ------
> While we’re on the subject of the “price” of “free” software (a notion
> that may seem paradoxical to some), a while back I had a chance to speak
> with Bruce Perens, a well-known free software advocate, about the GPLv3.
> Here’s his take:
>     “There is inevitable tension between one side that just wants to
> make products and hold information close when necessary, and the Free
> Software Foundation, whose goal or mission is social engineering. Their
> mission is to take Intel and Palm and everyone else and make them work
> with this phenomenon by giving them a carrot, and sometimes the carrot
> is that there are things these companies want to do that they can’t pull
> off without Linux. So there is an advantage for companies to use open
> source. ***The job of the Free Software Foundation right now is to get 
> them to pay the price for that.***” [the emphasis is Dan's]
>     “If you think we all sit down and democratically figure out how the
> GPLv3 works, well that’s not how it works. How it works is that Eben
> [Moglen] and Richard [Stallman] ***are going to get everything they can 
> from the rest of the world, while keeping the rest of the world at the 
> table.***”
> ------

Well, since Eben and Richard are trying to get everything they can
from the rest of the world in the form of licenses made out to and
benefitting the general public (and not the FSF which is a charity,
anyway), I'd sure wish them success in their endeavors.

It's the whole _point_ of what they do.  Leveraging their own work for
getting the most freedom [in the form of freely available source code
for software] for the general public.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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