Subject: Re: the .NET battle ends
From: Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 13:05:06 -0700 (PDT)



       Of course [MS is] not going to climb in bed with rms.  

The reason MS fights GPL is because a sufficiently large and good base
of GPL code puts them out of business (or at least completely
overturns their business model).  Other Open Source licenses do not
have that problem.

An alliance among software-developing companies who are not MS to use
the GPL for everything, would be a wise strategy.

We must also not forget that if development of GPL code is seen to
effectively promote the useful art of computer programming, both
commercially and otherwise, then recent laws and precedents regarding
the application of copyright to software are at greater risk of
succumbing to successful constitutional challenge -- and so,
therefore, are proprietary SW business models.

-t