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Re: [News] GPLv3 Draft Mended

"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> GPL v3 takes shape in Sydney
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | It is estimated between 70 and 80 percent of all free and open
> | source software is licensed under the GPL, including prolific
> | software like Linux, Samba, and more recently Java.
> |
> | [...]
> |
> | "DRM can be used as an impediment to rights and patents may prevent
> | distribution," he said.
> `----
> http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php?id=1950825836&rid=-50
> This should now also include the 'Novell clause' (for exclusion).

That would be the most foolish thing that the OSS vendors could do.  OSS has 
to rid itself of the flower child image created by Stallman and the FSF and 
the Novell agreement with Microsoft was a major step in bringing an aura of 
dignity to the situation.  A bunch of Nervous Norrises fretting over whether 
or not some future developer might someday choose to not give away his work 
product in exchange for the gratitude of the OSS users is not a comforting 
image for the OSS products.  Rather, customers want to have a sound basis 
for believing that their technology choices will survive and prosper.  It is 
easy to see where that has been the case with Microsoft products, and not so 
easy to see how it might work with OSS.

The charge-for-service model presented by Novell and Red Hat overcomes a lot 
of that uncertainty, but if OSS is stained with the paranoia associated with 
the outcry over the loss of some kind of theoretical purity of the movement 
and exhibited by the public statements of Stallman and others, that will 
disappear and Microsoft will have a clear field to pursue their more 
conventional business model. 

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