"viral" (was RE: Licensing options for firmware)
Ian Lance Taylor
ian at airs.com
Thu Apr 7 04:23:28 UTC 2005
Joel West <svosrp at gmail.com> writes:
> 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).
This is a false analogy. Viruses propagate by themselves. The GPL
does not. If nobody chooses to use the GPL, it will not be used. If
nobody chooses to catch a cold, people will still catch colds.
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