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Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software

From: Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso
Subject: Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 13:01:42 -0600

2010/2/13 Judd Storrs <address@hidden>:

> I agree with Sergei, the BSD/GPL holy war isn't going to be resolved
> after decades here in this mailing list. The BSD is recognized by the
> FSF as a free-software license that is GPL-compatible. Enough with the
> fauxtrage already.

I said this to Sergei (in private, accidentally) but the problem here
isn't that a particular software license was forbidden. I would be
equally annoyed if a prominent software project (say, Debian) were to
forbid all licenses except the GPL. There are situations in which
copyleft is not optimal, but intimidating people into believing that
nothing but non-copyleft free licenses are acceptable is a dirty move
by a proprietary software company.

This isn't about whether copyleft or non-copyleft is best for all
situations, but about trying to remove the option altogether.

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