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Re: [OT]: Mathworks fighting the GPL

From: Sergei Steshenko
Subject: Re: [OT]: Mathworks fighting the GPL
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:00:04 -0800 (PST)

--- On Wed, 2/10/10, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <address@hidden> wrote:

> From: Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <address@hidden>
> Subject: [OT]: Mathworks fighting the GPL
> To: "Octave-help" <address@hidden>
> Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 2:55 PM
> 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.
> It's difficult to find exactly what happened and how
> because they seem
> to have spread the word about this relatively secretly by
> email to
> people with code on their servers, but they do have a FAQ:
> This happened July last year.
> I don't know about anyone else, but I'm deeply disturbed
> that
> Mathworks is now actively fighting against copyleft.
> - Jordi G. H.
> _______________________________________________

What's the big deal ?

If you want to use BSD licensed code (from their site, or from wherever),
you still can.

If other people decide to publish GPL licensed code, they'll find a
different site to host it.

Or you want to start a religious war on which form of capitalism (GPL or
BSD) is better.



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