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Re: As the GPL fades

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: As the GPL fades
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2010 14:24:11 +0100

Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:
> Rubbish.  People have been predicting the death of the GPL for 20 years, and
> in 20 years time they'll still be predictig its death.

Hey Ciaran, any chance that "FreeBooteR" is your nick at

"Comment by FreeBooteR, January 28, 2010 7:18 pm 

Hate freedom much? The GPL is strong and growing and will always be
there to free people from the tyranny of proprietary licencing.

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 Comment by Jay Lyman, January 28, 2010 10:49 pm 

Consider reality much? As stated in the post, GPL is strong and will
endure as a top open source license, but it won’t be number one for
long. Those other licenses, BTW, are ironically and accurately known as
‘permissive,’ while the ‘tyranny’-busting GPL is widely and accurately
known as ‘restrictive.’



There are a few examples of movement away from GPL. And where exactly
did we mention anything about ‘doomed to oblivion.’ If I can quote
‘Given its clout, durability and continued popularity in commercial open
source (and with help from continued growth of GPL-licensed Linux) we
believe the GPL will endure as a top open source license.’
Sooo sensationalist ...



‘As the GPL fades ...’ seems like a fairly accurate description of how I
believe the GPL is fading. It’s not doomed. It’s not going away. But it
is fading from its prominence as the top open source license. I don’t
necessarily agree the GPL suits should drive anyone away from GPL and I
think they do more to raise awareness and credibility for open source,
but the effect will undoubtedly be to spur some to avoid the perceived



(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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