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Re: Is Fedora *really* Free?

Today Les Mikesell did spake thusly:

On Thu, 2006-10-19 at 15:46 +0100, Scott van Looy wrote:

Yet much less so than what GPL fanatics do to the word 'free'
to make it mean restricted...

As in "You are free to do what you like with the code except add
restrictions to its use"?

As in "you can't redistribute this combined with anyone else's
work that has different ideas".  That is "my restrictions are
the only reasonable ones possible...".

Stops people taking what someone else wrote, adding a few lines and then
charging for it, doesn't it?

Yes, it stops that.  And if you are a user who needs those few lines
and willing to pay for the combination you are screwed.  Likewise
for anyone who will ever need code to talk to a lot of hardware, or
to work with a lot of media encoding, or any number of other operations
where the code author has made a different choice - regardless of your
own willingness to accommodate that choice.   That is, as a potential
you will never be able to have that combination of code distributed to
you.  Perhaps even worse, your networks will always be cluttered with
badly written code in places where the GPL restrictions kept better
components from being used.

Yes. I'm constantly hampered under the GPL by closed source binaries that load into the open source framework that is the kernel...

The GPL doesn't stop you writing a few lines that talk to a GPLd bit of code as a standalone and charging for it, it just stops you distributing that free code as part of something that isn't GPLd

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