Python is slow?

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Wed Oct 1 00:59:09 CEST 2008

Steven D'Aprano <steve at> writes:

> I simply don't think that having to run some variation on
> patch -i patchfile.patch
> is a requirement so onerous that it makes the gnuplot licence
> non-free. Perhaps I'm just more tolerant of eccentricities than you
> :)

The distinction here is that this command must be run by *every*
recipient of a modified work. A work where one must do that is more
onerous for *each* recipient than one where it's already been patched
for the recipient.

Thus there is value, and no loss of freedom, in you as a redistributor
doing that work *once* and then redistributing the work intact to any
recipient. Your freedom to do this useful, harmless action is
restricted artificially by copyright, and is not granted by the

So, recipients of the 'gnuplot' code are artificially restricted from
performing an action useful to society that does no harm.

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Ben Finney

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