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Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Is the GPL all encompassing?
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 12:59:09 -0400


"Hyman Rosen" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden
amicus_curious wrote:
Can you conceive of any instance of that?

I dunno. Maybe some code generation stuff from the
inside of GCC to implement some JIT compilation?
Maybe some of the GIMP's image manipulation code?
Maybe some video codecs?

Has anyone ever tried to do that?  I cannot find any such case.

Perhaps, but there is never likely to be any need for that.

Yet, as the various GPL enforcement actions demonstrate,
many companies do use and distribute GPLed software. So
they think there's a need even if you don't. I suppose
you think there's a difference between distributing entire
programs unchanged and incorporating a portion into a new
work, but I would claim that if an entire work is useful
then parts of it could be useful as well.

As I said, I don't think that anyone is yet impressed with these demonstrations. The Busy Box stuff seems to be a silly egomaniac effort to get casual users to pay some homage to the author who seems to be spending a lot of time and money to just look foolish. Other cases have been similar. I believe that one of the wireless router makers used Linux in their product and were so chastised by the FSF that they abandoned Linux entirely in their product lines. Linux is free of cost for anyone who wants to do their own support, but it is also easily avoided and not necessary for any situation, particularly where you are just going to be harassed by the cultists.


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