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Re: LGPL vs. GPL

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: LGPL vs. GPL
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 23:45:08 +0200
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JohnF <> writes:

> Small correction: I didn't say, "don't believe."  I said, "don't
> *completely* believe."  Small syntactic difference, but I meant
> a large semantic one.  To wit, you acknowledged the need to make
> a living, and permitted an exception, vis-a-vis free software,
> in your own behavior to fulfill that need.
>      I'm well aware of your TeX contributions, and therefore
> know that you basically believe what you're saying.  But I think
> you're taking it to an extreme, demanding that other people always
> develop software according to a model that you don't always
> follow yourself.

I think you are just confused.  For the record: I also tend to go to the
bathroom and defecate from time to time.  That does not contribute in
any way to society as a whole, but I don't see why that makes me unfit
about talking about what benefits society.

>> Are you of the type who only accepts the message "respect other's
>> life" from people who commit suicide rather that eat anything that
>> once was alive?
> Depends what "others'" refers to.  If it means respecting other
> *peoples'* lives, then, no, I wouldn't accept that message from a
> cannibal.  But I think you've yet again "jumped the shark" with that
> analogy vis-a-vis free software.

For the record: plants are alive.  So you equate vegetarians with
cannibals if you think that it is some way for arguing yourself out of
personal responsibility?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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