[License-discuss] Making the PHP FAQ generic
rfontana at redhat.com
Fri Dec 7 19:12:36 UTC 2012
On Fri, Dec 07, 2012 at 01:07:23PM -0600, Karl Fogel wrote:
> Also, it might good to talk about implementations of languages being
> open source, rather than the languages themselves. It's a bit pedantic,
> but I think it can be worded naturally, and it would emphasize the
> conceptual cut one has to make to really understand the answer. If you
> compile your C program with Borland's C compiler, that doesn't make your
> program closed-source; by the same token, if you run your Python program
> on the most widely-used implementation of Python, which is open source,
> that doesn't make your code open source by default.
> People who ask that question may think they're asking about the
> language, but they're really asking about the particular language
> implementation. This should be made clear to them in the answer.
+1. I encounter a surprising amount of confusion about this point.
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