[ILUG-BOM] FOSS profit

jtd jtd at mtnl.net.in
Fri Dec 31 20:48:19 IST 2010

On Friday 31 December 2010 15:18:59 Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:

> On Fri, 2010-12-31 at 14:01 +0530, jtd wrote:
> > > True. The GPL was designed to ensure wins for both the
> > > developer and the end user. The party that loses in this system
> > > is the distributor - he now has to play by the rules, or drop
> > > out of the system altogether. GPL-violations.org tracks those
> > > distributors who are being difficult about it.
> >
> > Only violators are losers. Whoever abides by the rules and
> > tailors his
> > business to the rules wins, including distributors - in a way
> > everyone is a minor contibutor to the overall system and everyone
> > is a distributor, including distro vendors like canonical,
> > slackware, whoever. Whiccever way you look at it, everyone is
> > taking orders of magnitude more than they are putting in. The
> > best part is this is intended by design.

> but I *do* believe that he has drafted the GPL for the
> purpose of protecting the rights of a publisher of source code in
> the open. At least I hope so. If one keeps the source code private
> (between two individuals), then of what use is GPLing it (apart
> from bragging rights - 'I am a foss programmer because my code is
> GPLed').

True. Besides the whole point of the gpl is to get others to 
contribute. After all there are far more creative guys outside than 


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