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Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software

From: Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso
Subject: Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:39:59 -0600

2010/2/11 Richard Stallman <address@hidden>:
>    Apologies for the offtopic chatter, but I just noticed this as I was
>    trying to look for Emacs's Matlab mode to see if I could get some
>    ideas for Octave mode. It appears that the Mathworks only allows the
>    BSD license on their servers now, which affects much free software
>    under other licenses (in particular GPL) that they were hosting.
> I hope they did not convince anyone to relicense to one of the BSD
> licenses (there are two of them!).  Can you tell?

At last one person was affected:

Probably many others too, from a cursory glance in Matlab central, but
this happened overall very quietly.

> As for opposition from a proprietary software company, what else
> would you expect?

I know, but this is a particularly dirty move with intimidation about
removing code and not giving users a choice anymore on how to license
their own software.

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