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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free software is not trusted software

From: Thomas Harding
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Free software is not trusted software
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:52:34 +0100
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Nothing would prevent an LGPL code to be modified "almost silently" by a 
proprietary software author in order to obtain that kind of anti-features 
generally needed by proprietary software authors.

Moreover, proprietary software authors, including firt the largest companies, 
/will use copyright infringement if sufficient licence weaks are not found, as 
seen in the numerous patents suits and other battles regarding intellectual 

So, maybe Free Software authors should use a more convenient flag, such as 
"ENABLE_FN_PROPRIETARY_STUFF", in order to keep a minimal control on unfair 
functionnalities writing, especially by ensuring their peer review in order to 
keep the whole stuff mostly harmless, while releasing it to proprietary 
software authors and companies despite of any strong or not Free Software 

/sorry for my terrible English,

Le 17 janvier 2019 00:12:44 GMT+01:00, Leah Rowe <> a écrit :
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>i would argue that use of open core software in and of itself is bad
>anyway, because it encourages and promotes this practise of having
>proprietary versions of software
>On 16/01/2019 22:57, bill-auger wrote:
>> On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:09:00 +0000 Lyberta wrote:
>> i think you are quite mistaken about JUCE - it does indeed contain 
>> a phone "home feature"; which caused a huge fuss within the
>> community, which lasted for about 2 days, until everyone realized
>> how harmless and un-intrusive it actually was
>> that anti-feature is a restriction only on those who opt in for
>> the free tier of the commercial license; in order to write
>> proprietary software with JUCE without a licensing fee - so any
>> JUCE-based program with that feature enable is almost certainly not
>> "free software"
>> but JUCE may also be taken as GPL, which naturally gives the
>> developer and all users the option to disable that feature (and any
>> other undesirable ones) - those features are fully disclosed and
>> simple to disable with a single #define
>> doing so, will disable the new anti-features by default in any
>> program you create with your copy of JUCE, including the one in
>> question here:
>> that is done in the same way and in the same file as where all
>> JUCE sub-features have been enabled/disabled all along, along with
>> others such as:
>> #define JUCE_USE_FLAC 1 #define JUCE_USE_OGGVORBIS 1
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