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Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software

From: Sergei Steshenko
Subject: Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:38:10 -0800 (PST)

--- On Tue, 2/23/10, Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <address@hidden> wrote:

> From: Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso <address@hidden>
> Subject: Re: Mathworks-hosted GPL'd software
> To: "Sergei Steshenko" <address@hidden>
> Cc: "Joseph Wakeling" <address@hidden>, address@hidden
> Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 1:40 PM
> On 23 February 2010 15:27, Sergei
> Steshenko <address@hidden>
> wrote:
> > 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.
> Within both the free software and open source movements,
> both copyleft
> and non-copyleft views (e.g. your beloved BSD-like licenses
> and their
> proponents) restrictions on commercial use are considered
> non-free.
> Academics and other people often don't realise the problems
> that
> restricting commercial use causes, but they do exist.
> It wouldn't be fair to call Skype free because my
> grandmother doesn't
> want to look at its hidden source, or to call Windows free
> because
> many people copy it without feeling the restrictions of
> copyright law
> (i.e. "piracy [sic]"). Just because a certain group doesn't
> feel the
> restrictions of a license, doesn't mean that it's free for
> all.
> Feel free to say again how non-free it is to to restrict
> your freedom
> to remove my freedom. ;-)

You are definitely entitled to have your opinion on what (non)free is.

But to the same extent I'm entitled too.



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