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Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software

From: Francesco Potortì
Subject: Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 22:54:30 +0100

>> No, your memory was correct.  Scilab used to be released under a
>> non-free license.
>I'd put it differently. Scilab used to be released under a license which
>was considered to be non-free by a group of people.

You are out of scope here.  This is the mailing list for Octave, a
program which is part of the GNU project.  The people behind the GNU
project are those who coined the term "free software" the way it is
commonly used nowadays.  Obviously you can define "free software" as you
like, but this is not the common way things are intended, and with good
reason.  Anyway, you cannot do that here.

By the way, apart from very specific cases mostly referred to past
events, defining a license as "free" according to the FSF is the same as
defining a license as "open surce" according to OSI.  And in fact the
Scilab licence was not open source either.  Do you want to redefine that
term too?

>I as an end user couldn't care less 

So why entering into these discussions here, where people do indeed
care?  Unless you just want to start a flame, obviously...

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