"viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)
svosrp at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 03:08:18 UTC 2005
On 3:31 PM -0400 4/6/05, Ian Lance Taylor doth scribe:
>"Scott Miller" <scott at opentrac.org> writes:
>> 'Viral' also implies
>> propagation, and 'reciprocal' doesn't.
>Yes, precisely, and the GPL doesn't propagate. If the guy in the seat
>next to me on the plane sneezes, I get his viruses. That's viral.
>That's not how the GPL works. You have to invite the GPL into your
>code; it doesn't slip in against your wishes.
The GPL does propagate, through inheritance not casual contact. It analogous to the way a virus propagates at the cellular level (not the social level).
A virus makes use of existing enzymes and other molecules of
a host cell to create more virus particles....
Viruses have genes and show inheritance, but are reliant on
host cells to produce new generations of viruses.
So call it "DNA-viral" not "HIV-viral" (which is obviously pejorative).
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