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Re: definition of "free" for N-millionth time


From: Aaron R. Kulkis
Subject: Re: definition of "free" for N-millionth time
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 10:29:12 -0500

Jay Maynard wrote:
> 
> On Tue, 13 Mar 2001 17:55:41 GMT, T. Max Devlin <address@hidden>
> wrote:
> >One profiteer of BSD software can make future *licenses* of all future
> >software more restrictive ("non-free"); this cannot happen with GPL,
> >which is the entire point.
> 
> Pure unadulterated horse exhaust.
> 
> If this were the case, M$, or Sun, or any one of a thousand other companies,
> could prohibit further development and distribution of BSD. A visit to
> www.netbsd.org will demonstrate this to be utterly false.
> 
> There is *NOTHING* that M$ can do that will prohibit me from running NetBSD,
> now or ever.
> 
> >That's pretty much the point.  I suppose that is why you go on with this
> >silly ranting about how "GPL-is-not-free".  It is a fact, not an
> >assumption, that GPL software is free.  You cannot change that nature,
> >as you can other, less free, software using other open source licenses.
> 
> More unadulterated horse exhaust. You *CANNOT* change the fact that BSD is
> now and will forever be free, free to acquire, free to run, free to
> redistribute. Neither can anyone else.
> 
> If people wouldn't repeat this utter falsehood, I wouldn't be compelled to
> keep pointing out its falsity.

Can you guarantee that your BSD-licensed code can't be commandeered
by some monopolist without giving proper attribution and credit to 
the people who did the REAL work?

A) yes
B) no

Since GPL REQUIRES the source code to be made available, then it gets
pretty difficult to hide who did the real work, and who's merely
jumping into the driver's seat of somebody else's creation.



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Aaron R. Kulkis
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J: Other knee_jerk reactionaries: billh, david casey, redc1c4,
   The retarded sisters: Raunchy (rauni) and Anencephielle (Enielle),
   also known as old hags who've hit the wall....

I: Loren Petrich's 2-week stubborn refusal to respond to the
   challenge to describe even one philosophical difference
   between himself and the communists demonstrates that, in fact,
   Loren Petrich is a COMMUNIST ***hole

H: "Having found not one single carbon monoxide leak on the entire
    premises, it is my belief, and Willard concurs, that the reason
    you folks feel listless and disoriented is simply because
    you are lazy, stupid people"

G:  Knackos...you're a retard.


F: Unit_4's "Kook hunt" reminds me of "Jimmy Baker's" harangues against
   adultery while concurrently committing adultery with Tammy Hahn.

E: Jet is not worthy of the time to compose a response until
   her behavior improves.

D: Jet Silverman now follows me from newgroup to newsgroup
   ...despite (C) above.
 
C: Jet Silverman claims to have killfiled me.

B: Jet Silverman plays the fool and spews out nonsense as a
   method of sidetracking discussions which are headed in a
   direction that she doesn't like.

A:  The wise man is mocked by fools.



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