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[DotGNU]Open-Source Movement's GPL

From: al
Subject: [DotGNU]Open-Source Movement's GPL
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 14:53:39 -0700 (PDT)

Here is a typical response I get when I try to help people understand
"free-software" movement.

> Dear Cagil,
> Thank you for your letter. GPL is indeed a part of open-source 
> movement. I am not sure what RMS is, but you can check this link:
> It provides the list of OSI approved licenses. The most popular 
> open-source license is GPL.
> Best regards,
> Vlad Hveckovics
> Director

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Cagil SEKER [mailto:address@hidden
>> Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2002 2:58 PM
>> To: Vladislavs Hveckovics
>> Subject: "open-source GPL" ?
>> In your news about OpenEffect, you have written: "OpenEffect is
>> distributed under open-source GPL license".
>> I haven't actually look at the site but GPL is Free-Software
>> License, not Open-Source. In fact RMS is totally against
>> open-source movements.

It is terrible. Especially the "GPL is indeed a part of open-source
movement. I am not sure what RMS is ..." part!

The problem is GPL is thought by a majority just as a popular 
open-source license that is listed at the "". 
The links to ethics and freedom has been totally lost. FSF should
ask to clearly distinguish GPL at its site, from 
only-open-source licenses, giving credit to its Freedom aspects.

Just my 2 cents. :)

Cagil Seker

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