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

Delaney, Timothy tdelaney at
Wed Oct 3 05:42:55 CEST 2001

> From: Chris Watson [mailto:opsys at]
> On Tuesday 02 October 2001 09:54 pm, Delaney, Timothy wrote:
> > > From: Chris Watson [mailto:opsys at]
> > However, GPL is *not* extortion. The writer of a piece of 
> code has every
> > right to want to protect, control or charge for it.
> That's true. But dont call it Free code if you do. Because it 
> is not free.
> Look up free in the dictionary. That is the ONLY definition 
> that should be 
> followed. Not whatever twisted version the FSF and GNU people 
> want to use.
> The gernal gist of any dictionary is its free if its free 
> from control, 
> opression, or restrictions.

Did you even *read* my message? The word "free" does not appear *anywhere*
in that message. I know - I copied the text into my editor and did a
case-insensitive search.

I dislike the GPL. If you had read my message, you would have seen that. I
never use the term "free" with licenses as the term has become useless in a
discussion - argue all you want about dictionary definitions, that will
*never* convince people on the other side of the fence to yourself. After
all, I am sure that *every* dictionary has multiple meanings for the term

Taking things out of context does not make your argument any stronger. You
should *not* have only quoted the *sole* part of my message which conceded
the right of someone to protect their work in the manner that they deem fit.

Tim Delaney

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