Python is better than free (was Re: GNU wars again)

Nicola Musatti objectway at
Tue Oct 9 13:15:59 CEST 2001

Oleg Broytmann wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 01:01:11PM -0700, Samuel Schulenburg wrote:
> > Sometimes you have code that you want to release with a commercial
> > product, that contains propriatary information about the internals in
> > your product. A GPL license would keep you from releasing this code
> > using Python.
>    This is easily solvable: buy specially licensed version. GNU GPL allows
> it. But do not take my code for nothing, please.

I may be wrong, but I don't think that the original intent behind
CopyLeft and then GPL was to obtain retribution. Rather, it was meant to
prevent the offspring of "proprietarized" GNU software, obtained by
making small, proprietary changes to freely available software. In other
words, it's the "embrace and innovate" kind of policy they were setup

Nicola Musatti

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