[linux-audio-dev] New form of GPL licence that protects Linuxfrom proprietary world [was: New powermacs?]t

Ivica Bukvic ico at fuse.net
Sat Jun 21 22:35:01 UTC 2003

> I wouldn't decline this idea so fast, i think he made a valid point.
> If you watch todays software market, especially the battle between the
> OSes, you can see Apple as well as M$ aquiring so-called
> "Killer-Applications" which shall force people who need that Apps to
> move to their OS. Especially what Apple did with Emagic Logic is a
> perfect example.
> Now if you allow your Open Source Applications to be ported to this
> proprietary OSes, you strengthen this behaviour and weaken the Open
> Source Movement. People will get your software but will stick with OSX
> or whatever cause of this called Killerapps.
> And i dont think GPL is not so much about not ppl letting you force to
> use special software. IMO its more about sharing and passing knowledge
> (great both in a technical but also social/political way) and do
> software by the benefits of it.
> Actually i dont know if this new form of GPL is a good idea, but i
> its worth thinking about it, as you still have the goods of opensource
> but just decline the possibility to support Non-Opensource Systems.

My point exactly :-).

Just to add a bit onto this issue is that we could still support
non-opensource systems, but they would need to purchase the software
(see my other e-mail with the Trolltech as an example).


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