For Approval: Open Source Software Alliance License

Russell Nelson nelson at
Thu Sep 25 15:15:25 UTC 2003

Sean Chittenden writes:
 > Let me clarify some vocabulary:
 > people = home user or developer of applications out side of a
 >          commercial entity working on a not for sale piece of
 >          software.
 > businesses = commercial developers interested explicitly in the
 > 	 purpose of developing commercial applications and products.

Unfortunately, Sean, this does not clarify, but instead obscures.  The
GPL does not interfere with commerce.  It interferes with the creation
of proprietary software.  This makes some business models difficult,
but makes others easier.  Saying "business" and "commerce" obscures
this essential distinction.

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