root at rainerdeyke.com
Mon Jul 9 12:03:17 EDT 2001
"Steve Holden" <sholden at holdenweb.com> wrote in message
news:Fij27.24993$F%5.1707320 at e420r-atl2.usenetserver.com...
> And some of us wonder what it is about the GPL that stops your previous,
> liberally-licensed, version from existing?
Given: software A is released under the BSDL. Somebody creates an improved
version of it (software B) and releases it under the GPL.
A still exists. But B is better than A, so people will be more likely to
use B than A. A still exists, but A is competing with a better version of
itself. New programmers will be more likely to improve B than A, because
they don't want to duplicate effort. The original author is unable to
incorporate the improvements to A in future software C unless C is released
under the GPL.
Rainer Deyke (root at rainerdeyke.com)
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