[Wolves] FOSS, who's it for? Us or them?

dick_turpin dick_turpin at archlinux.us
Thu Sep 25 11:27:38 UTC 2008

Christopher Fox wrote:
> On 9/25/08, dick_turpin <dick_turpin at archlinux.us> wrote:
>> Some poor individual spent time writing the code hopefully within the
>> Linux community they released the code probably expecting other Linux or
>> FOSS people to use it and or improve on it.
> Well if that was actually the case, why didn't they release it under a
> licence which said that? I for one am reluctant to assume that FOSS
> developers are stupid, and the only other assumption is that the terms
> of the licence used accurately represents what they want.
> This argument is exactly why there is a myriad of different "free"
> licences, representing the full spectrum from the totally loose "I
> don't care, do whatever you want with the code, just leave me the hell
> alone" to "you must release any derivative works under EXACTLY THESE
> TERMS or I'll eat your dog".
> There's enough choice out there for devs to release their work under a
> licence which accurately describes their wishes, so why are we
> imposing your choices over theirs?
I have no idea what the writer of the code wanted or expected to be 
honest talking about licenses and what they do or do not allow just 
clouds this discussions there is no written down moral code its a 
thing/idea "It was morally right to do that" but seeing as we cant tear 
ourselves away from Licenses and discuss morals maybe the GPL (Or 
whatever Lic is for FOSS) should be torn up and some sort of License 
created that says "If you use my code you must create a Linux or Open 
Source version 1st"

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