From: Kragen Sitaker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Aug 27 2000 - 19:47:01 PDT
Adam Beberg writes:
> On Sun, 27 Aug 2000, Kragen Sitaker wrote:
> > The GPL is a way to right this imbalance. It ensures that proprietary
> > software must compete with free software on its own terms:
> > proprietary-software companies can't simply take a free ride on
> > free-software features.
> ARG! no no no...
> I hear that over and over from open source advocates. Only one problem.
> It doesn't work that way. If I want to copy something in a piece of
> software, I really don't need the source. "Open source" developers are
> copying commercial applications badly at warp-9, but think somehow the
> GPL will stop commercial coders from badly copying anything neat they do
> at the same speed.
No, the GPL will stop commercial coders from perfectly copying anything
neat they do at a much higher speed --- simply by using their code.
I thought that was obvious from my email. Sorry it was unclear.
-- <email@example.com> Kragen Sitaker <http://www.pobox.com/~kragen/> Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. -- Gandalf the Grey [J.R.R. Tolkien, "Lord of the Rings"]
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