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Re: GNU License, Again

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU License, Again
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 12:34:12 +0200 (CEST)

   > So Richard talks explicitly about the _goal_ of the GPL, and he
   > does this immediately before listing a number of projects that
   > set out to create proprietary projects, and then were forced by
   > their use of GPLed software to license them under the GPL.

   So the _goal_ is to ultimately get all software free, since said
   freedom is considered a vital right under the GNU philosophy (if
   not _the_ core right of the GNU philosophy).

That is the goal of the GNU project and the FSF, but not of the GNU

   Hence the reason for requiring that any distribution of derivatives
   to have their full source code released under the GPL _in toto_,
   not just the GPL pars -- so that new code then enters the pool of
   free software and therefore contributes to the freedom of all

Again, no, it is to keep said software free.  The GPL does not require
you to distribute; if it did, you'd have a point, but it doesn't.  If
the goal of the GNU GPL was to create a larger pool of free software,
then the GNU GPL would require _all_ modifications to become public,
but it doesn't, you are not required to distribute your hacks.

  So I guess I'm in good company too.

It seems that you, like David, are only capable of hostility, and must
resort to name calling, attacks, strawmen, and what not.  Clearly, if
you have to resort to such things, then you are not in "good" company.

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