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Re: [News] Op-ed: The Future is Free Open Source Smartphones

Mark Kent wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Peter Köhlmann on Thursday 29 November 2007 15:57 : \____
>>> Mark Kent wrote:
>>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>> ____/ Thufir on Thursday 22 November 2007 11:18 : \____
>>>>>> On Thu, 22 Nov 2007 06:06:14 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>>>> | News Analysis: Open mobile platforms, such as Google's Android,
>>>>>>> | should
>>>>>>> usher | in a tidal wave of development that could change the
>>>>>>> industry. `----
>>>>>> I for one am dissapointed that Android isn't GPL.  Doesn't it use
>>>>>> Linux?
>>>>> Yes, but the licence isn't /that/ bad. I thought it would be
>>>>> proprietary when the rumours began about 6 months ago (starting with
>>>>> Java, then Linux). It's a good start. Was it an Apache licence? I
>>>>> can't recall for sure.
>>>> Not being GPLv3 will serve Google badly in the long run.
>> If they decided to choose the GPL, then yes. The GPL is a developer's
>> approach to rights. There are loopholes in GPLv2 that do not protect
>> those rights.
>>> Bullshit, naturally
>>> Software will not be "better" by some magic and fairy dust just because
>>> a GPL licence is attached to it
>> Well, that's true. You have to remember, however, that to a developer a
>> device like OpenMoko can become more appealing than Android/'gPhone'
>> devices. It gives the developer more control over the stack he or she is
>> relying on.
> GPL licences ensure that people contribute back.  

No, it does not. It does only if code is distributed later
Which is not necessarily the case

> By its nature, therefore, it's more likely to result in better code than
> non-GPL licences do.

No, it only makes sure that changes are available if code is distributed.
That does not make the code any better. The code gets better because more
people /can/ be involved with it. But that point is equally true for the
BSD licence or the Apache licence.

> Hence my point.

Which is invalid
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