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Re: Matt Assay Tells the Truth


From: JEDIDIAH
Subject: Re: Matt Assay Tells the Truth
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:16:24 -0600
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On 2009-02-26, Hyman Rosen <address@hidden> wrote:
> Rjack wrote:
>> The X window system X10R3 was released in the spring of *1986* under the 
>> MIT license.
>> 
>> The GPLv1 wasn't written until February 1989. Richard Stallman was there 
>> at MIT during the years 1986 - 1989 during which time he decided to 
>> hijack the MIT license.
>
> Ironic that you should mention X Window, since it illustrates
> why software should be under the GPL. For a few months, before
> community pressure foiled the plan, the X Consortium and the
> Open Group tried to make X Window proprietary.
>
> See <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/x.html>.

OTOH,  Motif and CDE were always proprietary. This blunted it's 
adoption in desktop Unix systems. No one wanted to spend $100 
just for a  desktop environment when you could buy an entire OS 
for that much.

This led to it being replaced by the free software development 
community. Eventually, after it became completely irrelevant
once  GNOME and KDE matured, it was put under an open license.

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