Subject: Re: [Freesw] Re: FreeDevelopers
From: Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 13:31:31 +0100

TonStanco@aol.com wrote:
> 
> >  > If you don't agree with Stallman on the GPL, then you won't agree with
> the
> >  > Declaration.
> >  >
> >  > But what about the reshuffling of the software industry to deal
> >  > proprietary out, as described in the Community is the Company (CommCo)
> >  > industry structure?
> >  > [http://FreeDevelopers.Net/company/CommCo/]  Can you support that? Even
> >  > someone who supports non-GPL free software has to like the idea of
> >  > replacing proprietary to leave the whole industry to free software.
> >
> >  Indeed, but why would I support an organisation that advocates an
> >  approach I don't believe in?
> 
> Because it will achieve the goals you believe in.
> 
> Proprietary has a huge advantage because it buys its supporters (developers,
> lawyers, politicians, etc.). Free software has a hard time even finding
> support among itself, because people want more to quibble with friends than
> fight the foe. While we split hairs, proprietary relentlessly marches on to
> enslave the world (e.g., HailStorm). Let's concentrate on defeating
> proprietary. Once that is done, we will have the luxury to argue over who has
> the better free license. Until that is done, we are just arguing over who has
> the better view from inside the prison wall.

Cool. So let me know when you've switched to a BSD-style licence.

Cheers,

Ben.

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