Subject: Re: the walls have ears
From: "Juergen A. Erhard" <jae@jae.ddns.org>
Date: Fri, 28 May 1999 18:14:25 +0200

 Fri, 28 May 1999 18:14:25 +0200
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Just a quick one...

>>>>> "William" == William C Cheng <william@cs.umd.edu> writes:

[SNIP]

    William> But that's not good enough!  What about the freedom *not*
    William> to distribute source code?  Isn't that also freedom?
    William> Freedom for people is about choices, right?

The GPL does *not* force you to distribute source
code... (unfortunately, but that's a whole 'nother can'o worms).

    William> Are you free to sell your product without making your
    William> source code availabel to your customer?  Clearly, you
    William> can't if your code contains GPL'ed code!

Because doing so would limit the freedom of your customers.  That is
the only `restriction' the GPL contains.[1]

I really don't know what's so hard to understand here.

[SNIP]

Bye, J

[1] Yes, this also makes it incompatible with (almost?) all other Free
Software licenses out there...  but I all of them (AFIAK) permit
taking software proprietary in some form, so the GPL `has to be'
incompatible.

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