GNU wars again (was Re: Proposal: add vector arithmetic to array module)

Julian Tibble chasm at galileo.rift
Mon Oct 1 16:38:15 CEST 2001


In article <xuyzo7ca3vj.fsf at halden.devel.redhat.com>, Trond Eivind
Glomsrød wrote:
>Of course, "free" means that you have and can modify the source and I
>haven't seen anyone claim that using the term "open source" doesn't
>include this. The GPL restricts your freedom to restrict the software
>as released by you and is thus "less free" than eg. the XFree86
>license.

Ever heard the phrase "information should be free" ?  Check out some
definitions of `hacker ethic' or read some Levy.

Thinking about it this way, the GPL is more free than the XFree86 license,
since it is the continuing availability of the code, and variations on it,
that the license ensures - not your personal human rights/liberties/whatever.

Julian



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