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sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Fri Feb 9 06:48:47 GMT 2007
On Fri, 9 Feb 2007, "Eric Dunbar" <eric.dunbar at gmail.com> wrote:
> Though, if you want to be picky, the GNU licence is not "free" either.
> It doesn't allow you to do whatever you wish with it -- there are
> restrictions placed upon your use and distribution.
That's a matter of perspective.
BSD licences, for example, seem to take a 'freedom is anarchy' approach. You
are free do do whatever you want with material placed under those licences,
including changing the licence to something completely proprietary. I could
take FreeBSD, rename it, call it something else, and close the source off
The GNU licences, in contrast, are based on a belief that freedom should be
protected, so that nobody can remove those same freedoms from others. It's
somewhat akin to the philosophy that 'the price of freedom is eternal
A developer is entitled to ensure that his/her code remains free, not only in
its first degree of separation, but throughout its lifespan, regardless of
alterations, combinations and forks.
"Our findings show that, in almost all the cases, a transition toward open
source reports of savings on the long term - costs of ownership of the
software products." - UNU-MERIT, "Study on the Economic impact of open source
software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU", 2006
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