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Re: GPL traitor !


From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Wed, 06 May 2009 00:23:09 -0700
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Chris Ahlstrom <address@hidden> wrote:

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Tim Smith belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
> 
> > In article <address@hidden>,
> >  Chris Ahlstrom <address@hidden> wrote:
> >> 
> >> Nobody can honestly not understand the main meanings of the GPL.
> >
> > Is it OK under GPL to release a plug-in for a GPL program, if the plugin 
> > is under a license that is not compatible with GPL?
> >
> > Is it OK under GPL to release a GPL plug-in for a program that is under 
> > a license that is not compatible with GPL?  E.g., could you release a 
> > GPL plug-in for Word?
> 
> Jesus, you're as dense as Erik.  What part of "corner cases" and "main
> meaning" did you not understand?
...
> Jesus, you're as dense as Erik.  What part of "corner cases" and "main
> meaning" did you not understand?
> 
> And, in fact, you're probably taking it beyond legal considerations, into
> the realm of a Free-software philosopher's feelings about ethics.
> 
> The fact is that honest people have found the GPL very straightforward and
> useful, hence its popularity.  IBM legal eagles don't seem to mind it, even
> if Microsoft found a way to break the spirit, if not the letter, of GPL 2.

What you call "corner cases" are cases that have arisen frequently in 
the real world, and have been the source of much argument on such places 
as the Linux kernel mailing list.  GNOME arose from the controversy over 
one of these "corner cases".  Free, secure email was delayed over one of 
these "corner cases".  The vast majority of Linux-based cell phones fall 
into one of these "corner cases", and are violating GPL, according to 
the interpretation of GPL at fsf.org.

A corner case is (from Wikipedia):

   A corner case (or pathological case) is a problem or situation that 
   occurs only outside of normal operating parameters ‹ specifically 
   one that manifests itself when multiple environmental variables or 
   conditions are simultaneously at extreme levels, even though each 
   parameter is within the specified range for that parameter.

If the "main meanings" of the GPL are so clear, how come so many people 
keep hitting these corner cases?  Corner cases are supposed to be rare 
and hard to hit--not commonly run into like they are with GPL.

-- 
--Tim Smith


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