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Significance of the GP licence.

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Significance of the GP licence.
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:07:34 -0000
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In gnu.misc.discuss RJack <> wrote:

> Once the GPL is invalidated, promissory estoppel will allow some
> proprietary company to improve Linux and turn it into a real operating
> system. Microsoft hates the thought that folks will understand the GPL
> is unenforceable. That's the reason Microsoft embraced the GPL -- it
> suppressed new competition.

> Perhaps the Linux kernel will continue to be improved under a free
> (free as in freedom) license such as BSD or Apache.

You still don't get it, RJ.  The GPL is the most popular free licence,
and that popularity has a reason.

Working on a BSD kernal is so much less popular than working on Linux.
That has a reason, too.

> Sincerely,
> RJack :)

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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