David Dillard david.dillard at
Wed Apr 13 23:02:43 UTC 2005

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joel West [mailto:svosrp at] 
> Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 6:50 PM
> To: license-discuss at
> Subject: Re: asymmetry?

> So a license that enables and allows forking is good?

I would say yes.  In fact, I'd say that the OSD, in effect, mandates
that it be possible.

> I thought that was the whole point of the GPL, to prevent forking.

I don't know if that was the intent, though I doubt it.  But if it was
the intent, it certainly doesn't achieve that.

> Well and that's the deal. The GPL allows several different 
> companies to be in the Linux business. A dual license GPL 
> only allows one company to be fully in, say, the MySQL business.

Huh?  That's simply not the case.

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