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Re: [Matt Asay Tells The Truth] Stallman: GPL doesn't guarantee software


From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [Matt Asay Tells The Truth] Stallman: GPL doesn't guarantee software freedom
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:56:41 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> 
>> Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:
>> 
>> > LOL!
>> >
>> > Summary:
>> >
>> > "For those who have been reading/hearing Stallman for the past 10-plus
>> > years as I have, this admission is shocking in the extreme. The GPL,
>> > which is supposed to be the ultimate guarantor of software freedom, may
>> > deliver the opposite. Because of its control-freak urges, it can stymie
>> > competition, which is presumably why Stallman is now calling on the
>> > European Commission to grant what his license couldn't: freedom."
>> >
>> > LMAO!
>> 
>> A rather absurd diatribe apparently based on confusing "fork" with
>> "dual-licensing".
>
> Dak, dak, dak. Stallman told the European Commission that 
>
> "the lack of a more flexible license for MySQL will present considerable
> barriers to a new forked development path for MySQL"
>
> http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/ec_letter_mysql_oct19.pdf
>
> Read it again, silly dak:
>
> THE LACK OF A MORE FLEXIBLE LICENSE FOR MYSQL WILL PRESENT CONSIDERABLE
> BARRIERS TO A NEW FORKED DEVELOPMENT PATH FOR MYSQL.

Uh, you conveniently forgot to mention that this is about MySQL being
licensed GPLv2 _only_ (not as common, GPLv2 or later).  Since GPLv2 is
being phased out in the marketplace, it is obviously a concern.

> I've been telling all along that the GPL is unlawful anticompetitive
> conspiracy blatantly violating Article 81 EC.
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Community_competition_law#Collusion_and_cartels

Now you are losing it.

> Thanks a bunch to Richard Stallman for openly admiting it.

I mean, _really_ losing it.

-- 
David Kastrup


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