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Re: [POLITICS] Re: When is the Last Time You Booted to Windows?



On Sat, 2006-02-18 at 00:15 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Perhaps, but they should consider that licenses like perl, X
> and apache's are free in even more ways.

Perhaps, but the GPL is excellent in that it *enforces* the Freedoms,
and actively prevents people from changing it just a little and making
that new product proprietary. In effect, it *guarantees* that *anyone*
who gets a copy of the program *must* have the freedoms to study,
modify, and/or redistribute the program under these same conditions.

The MIT/X11 and revised BSD licenses (along with other similar licenses)
are usually for the benefit of the developers (essentially, anything
done with such code is legal so long as copyright notices and such are
left intact); whereas the GPL in fact is for the distinct benefits of
the end-users (who could be, potentially, developers too).

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