Is there anybody to use Linux?
brett at lariat.net
Sun Nov 15 19:41:44 UTC 2009
At 11:44 AM 11/15/2009, Allen wrote:
>I find it hard to believe there are actually people in this world who won't
>use software because of the license it has,
I am, among other things. a professional software developer. Why
should I use software whose license is explicitly designed and
intended to deprive me of a livelihood (as the GPL is)? There is
also a real risk, if you have looked at GPLed code, that someone
will argue that your future work is derivative of the code you saw
and therefore must be given away for free. No professional
developer can afford the risk of being caught in this trap. It
happens that I do give away some of my work (including
contributions to the BSDs), but this is by choice.
>when they recommend someone using
>Windows and Firefox... Do you see the humor in that?
No humor at all. Windows is mostly closed source (though some of
its utilities are actually licensed under the BSD license), and
that's fine. Programmers have the right to earn a living. Firefox
has an ugly multi-part license that I do not like much, but at
least it offers some non-viral options for reuse of the code. MacOS
includes some BSD-licensed stuff and some closed source; again,
that's fine. On the other hand, you may recall the grief that NeXT
went through when it made the mistake of using a GPLed compiler.
In any event, the real dangers of using GPLed code are twofold.
Firstly, if you read the source, there is the risk of
"contamination" (as described above). Secondly, you are encouraging
an agenda which is intended to deprive programmers of a livelihood.
This is unethical.
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