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Re: Big blow to proprietary linking nonsense.

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Big blow to proprietary linking nonsense.
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:55:54 -0000
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RJack <> writes:

> Hyman Rosen wrote:
>> Remember, the purpose of the GPL is to provide freedom for users of
>> software. That's why users are permitted to do all of this without
>> restriction. But in order to provide freedom for all users, once
>> someone wants to convey a covered work, they must do so under the
>> terms of the GPL, so that the recipients can share in the same
>> freedom.
> Remember. . . LMAO.
> Anything Richard Stallman dreams up, including the claim that "a
> copyright license is not a contract" is in your credo. Good luck.
> History is replete with pseudo Karl Marx's who believed their
> belief system would free mankind from their conception of tyranny.

Marx offered not as much a belief system as historical predictions (not
as far off the mark as many want to believe, but also not on-spot:
apparently quite a bit of historic inevitability was evitable) and sort
of a call to arms.  It was the job of others to make a pseudo-belief
system from that.  Somewhat ironically, to the detriment of some of his

> They've all failed dismally. Happy philosophizing.

Well, you can't have both.  If you choose to count Stallman among
Marxists, obviously they have not "all failed dismally".  Free software
is exploding in importance.  And if you choose to not count him among
them, what are you yelling about?

David Kastrup

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