"viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)

David Dillard david.dillard at veritas.com
Wed Apr 6 17:04:45 UTC 2005

> perpetrators of proprietary software


Hostility.  Check.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:jcowan at reutershealth.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 10:10 AM
> To: James W. Thompson, II
> Cc: license-discuss at opensource.org
> Subject: Re: "viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)
> James W. Thompson, II scripsit:
> > Because the clause requires the propogation of the GPL licensing 
> > regime for no really good reason.
> The FSF thought its reasons good and still does.
> > It is viral, to sugar coat it is the ignorant thing to do.
> "Hostility".  Check.
> > The GPL should do more like the Sleepycat and require code release 
> > under reasonable terms.
> When the GPL was released there were no other reasonable terms.
> > How else would you describe the forced propogation of a 
> single license 
> > like this clause induces?
> Force?  You dare to speak of force because something is 
> generously shared with you on terms, rather than being given 
> to you lock stock and barrel?
> > My best thoughts are viral, infectious, perhaps compulsary would be 
> > more disarming, but the effect is still the same: "Do what 
> we say and 
> > do it our way or get sued!"
> As opposed to the kind and gentle attitude of the 
> perpetrators of proprietary software.
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