[ILUG-BOM] Forbes.com: Toppling Linux

Dinesh Joshi dinesh.a.joshi@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Sun Oct 29 06:07:53 IST 2006


On Saturday 28 October 2006 18:53, Philip Tellis wrote:
> He's not saying that the GPL should allow proprietary software or
> that it's bad.  All he's saying is that the GPL takes away one of the
> developer's freedoms.
>
> That's not entirely correct though, at it stems from the fact that
> proprietary software is incorrectly named.  The word proprietary
> means "owned or belonging to someone".  All software is owned by
> someone (the author) unless explicitly placed in the public domain.
>
> So, if there's anything that isn't proprietary software, it's public
> domain software.  Everything else is proprietary, including GPLed
> software, BSD licenced software and restrictive EULA wrapped
> software.

I understood what he was trying to say. But according to Stallman 
creation of proprietary software was of no consequence. Hence it doesnt 
even count as a freedom. I am taking the historical meaning of 
proprietary software and not the one that you just defined.

-- 
Dinesh A. Joshi



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