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Re: KDE Distros Poll

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____/ Homer on Saturday 27 Aug 2011 13:19 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> ____/ TomB on Saturday 27 Aug 2011 09:04 : \____
>>> On 2011-08-26, the following emerged from the brain of Roy Schestowitz:
>>>> ____/ Homer on Friday 26 Aug 2011 18:21 : \____
>>>>> I have no objection to BSD /software/, which is technically
>>>>> impressive and essential to any OS, including GNU/Linux and
>>>>> Windows. I just don't like the license. Or to be more precise, I
>>>>> don't like what some people do to BSD-licensed software because of
>>>>> the license.
>>>> It's not really the fault of the BSD-favouring developers, though.
>>> Ehm, yes it is...
>> There are companies out there that use BSD code in a cooperative
>> manner.
> There are also those who use it in an /uncooperative/ manner, and they
> can only do that because the BSD specifically allows it, unlike the GPL
> which requires published derivative works to have the same license, and
> thus remain Free.
>> Remember that Apple also ripped KDE off... and only complied after
>> complaints.  PGPL and all...

Oops.  Typo. I meant LGPL.

> You're referring to Webkit, which is a derivative of KHTML and therefore
> bound by the GPL to have its corresponding sources published, but Apple
> only does so reluctantly and, apparently, with considerable delays.
> http://www.itworld.com/open-source/163197/apple-delays-release-lpgl-webkit-code
> But Apple is nonetheless legally bound to release the corresponding
> sources, unlike with their software derived from BSD-licensed
> components.
> The BSD is an entirely different problem.
> Yes, developers choose their own license, so if they decide they want
> their software perverted from Free to non-Free by a third party, that's
> their own misguided decision.
> I don't have to like that twisted ideology though.

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