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Re: <nettime> Linux strikes back III
Florian Cramer on Thu, 16 Oct 2003 12:54:13 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Linux strikes back III



Am Mittwoch, 15. Oktober 2003 um 11:48:53 Uhr (-0700) schrieb Morlock Elloi:
> 
> > A gentle proposition given that the product was in breach with the GPL.
> > Alternatively, the FSF could have asked to revoke all Linksys routers
> > from the market and pay, say $10 compensation for each unit already
> > sold. (In other words: $4M which could be used, for example, to pay
> > Linus Torvalds the next ten or twenty years for Linux kernel
> > development.)
> 
> The whole FSF/GPL thing is silly, and the above illustrates that - it all
> simply boils down to money. FSF/GPL messiahs captured the imagination of many,
> and as any other religion got a lots of free work done, and then capitalized on
> that big time.
> 
> Why should FSF be paid ? Or L.Torvalds ? Because they appear on TV ?

Well, they didn't ask for $4M (as in my hypothetical scenario, and as
any commercial software company would have done whose licenses had been
breached), but for releasing the modified code in public. So I don't
know what you take issue with?!

-F

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