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- Subject: Re: Copyright question
- From: Sean Conner <sean@...>
- Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 06:35:50 -0400
It was thus said that the Great David Kastrup once stated:
> The GPL takes away choice. But it in a corporate setting, the "choice"
> that is taken away is often not optional: maximizing shareholder value
> _requires_ a company _not_ to voluntarily yield anything which could be
> withheld as a company asset.
The GPL is "programmer hostile" but "consumer friendly". As a programmer
that also uses software, I personally love the idea that devices I have that
use GPLed software offer me the opportunity to obtain said software  and
modify it to suit my needs. There are plenty of Linux based wireless
routers, for instance, that I can choose from and modify to suit my needs
(like for instance, removing buffer bloat  that wireless router companies
may not immediately support).
-spc (A friend just today was telling me of the pain his department  is
going through because the system they've been using for twenty years
 is now "past end of life", no longer supported, and thus,
they're forced to move to yet another proprietary system ... )
 For up to three years after obtaining the device---read the GPL.
 He's a city planner for a town.
 An IBM AS-400 for those who are curious.
 Would he be served by GPLed software? Possibly ... an attempt could
be made to port it, or at the very least, a way of dumping the data
out of the system into a vendor-neutral format could be done.