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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] fork with better wording, perha

From: Riley Baird
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] fork with better wording, perhaps ?
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:39:09 +1000
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On 19/08/14 21:37, Julian Marchant wrote:
> On 08/19/2014 03:14 AM, Riley Baird wrote:
>> On 19/08/14 07:36, Jason Self wrote: Someone has pointed out that
>> the FSF has a license guide already [1]. However, this guide has
>> a strong bias towards copyleft.
>> Personally, I think that the community would benefit from a guide
>> written from an objective point of view - getting people from
>> both sides of the debate to write their side, and then combining
>> the pieces into a guide that lets the user see the best arguments
>> of both sides.
> Benefit in what way? If you're making software libre because you 
> care about freedom, the FSF's guide is perfect. For such a person, 
> I can't imagine any advantages for permissive licenses that guide 
> doesn't already cover. The only people I can think of who would 
> want to use permissive licenses in any other case are people who 
> are making some of their software libre for purely practical 
> reasons and don't want it to affect their development of 
> proprietary software, and people who think copyleft is unethical.
> I don't see any reason for us to deal with the former group
> (that's the open source crowd's department and not very productive
> for us), and for the latter group, they're not going to consider
> copyleft at all.

For someone who hasn't decided whether they care about free software
or open source (or both), it would help them to make their mind up
without feeling that they are reading propaganda.

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