The Invisible Hand

Matthew C. Weigel weigel+ at
Sun Sep 30 19:25:00 UTC 2001

On Sun, 30 Sep 2001, Martin Konold wrote:

> According to RMS the only way to become free software aka "GPL compatible"
> is either to have it GPL licensed or allow for conversion/relicensing to
> GPL.

This is factually incorrect.  RMS does not require free software to be
GPL compatible.  As he frequently says, it is his opinion that being
GPL compatible should be a goal of free software license writers
because of the wealth of software under the GPL (a situation he worked
hard to engineer, granted).

If you were to look at the FSF web page on the topic, you'd see
"GPL-Compatible Free Softare Licenses" and "GPL-Incompatible Free
Software Licenses."
 Matthew Weigel
 Research Systems Programmer
 mcweigel at ne weigel at

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