[nycbug-talk] gpl on /.

Hubert Feyrer hubert
Fri Sep 30 15:36:55 EDT 2005

On Fri, 30 Sep 2005, Marc Spitzer wrote:
>> GPL is all about this "freedom" thing, I doubt that can (or should!) be
>> changed.
> GPL in not about freedom or free software, I have looked up free in
> several dictionaries and there has *NEVER* been a definition that
> fit(from previous thread, not here).  The FSF lie about the free and
> freedom part by coming up with there own private definition that does
> not exist anywhere else.

That's why I put the term in quotes, and probably always will when it 
comes to the FSF/GPL's view on that term.

> My point was that now is a good time to start tracking any
> libs/products that you use for licence issues, and anything that they
> use etc. until you run out of dependencies.  So you can figure out
> what you *CAN* safely deliver to a client.  The last thing you want to
> see happen is even the credible threat of a lawsuit because of
> technology decisions you made.
> It may also be a good time to start education the people who write the
> libs you use to deliver products that the gpl3 could be bade from the
> POV of people using/not forking  there project.


At last year's Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin, I basically read 
the GPL to 200 people. It was on one side interesting to see how 
interested they ware, and scary on the other side seeing that they still 
didn't get the "you have to release your modified sources" even after 

  - Hubert

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