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Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:32:09 +0100
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Rjack <address@hidden> writes:

> Hyman Rosen wrote:
>> amicus_curious wrote:
>>> The purpose of the open source license is to encourage more people
>>> to use Linux
>>
>> Linux is not distributed under "the open source license". It is
>> distributed under GPLv2. The purpose of GPLv2 is not to encourage
>>  more people to use Linux, it is to make sure that people who get
>>  the software are able to run, read, modify, and share the software
>> they receive.
>
> The purpose of the GPLv2 is to destroy proprietary software.

Since software that everybody can run, read, modify and share is in
effect not proprietary, that's just spinning.

In a similar vein that segregationists would have claimed that the
purpose of Lincoln was to destroy the economic base of humans as
property and economic material and investment, and cast them out into
the street.

Sure.  One way of putting it.

> GPLv2 creator Richard Stallman *openly* brags about this socialist
> goal as does his chief enforcer Eben Moglen.

Well, the personal desire of RMS is to make proprietary software
irrelevant.  The GPL is a tool that makes sure that progress of free
software can't be turned against it and this goal.

So what?  Don't you have any personal aims?  Why would you not want to
make a difference towards a world that better meets your visions?

-- 
David Kastrup


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