[linux-audio-user] License free Linux ??

Jack Bowling jbinpg at shaw.ca
Fri Dec 5 13:15:41 EST 2003

On Fri, Dec 05, 2003 at 09:55:59AM -0500, Rob wrote:
> I agree that the guy kinda sucks, but I'm also wondering if 
> people buying "his" software will, after discovering Audacity's 
> real identity, get exposed to other free software that way.
> How about a splash screen in the next version that says something 
> like "If you bought this from someone on ebay, you got robbed!" 
> the first time you run it? Or, more positively, "For a free copy 
> of this and lots of other free Windows software, visit 
> gnuwin.epfl.ch or www.theopencd.org." At least that would force 
> him to either learn how to use a compiler or stay back at 1.0.  
> I suppose it depends on how much of a problem the developers 
> really consider this guy to be.

My first post to the list so be gentle, guys. 

If Audacity were junk, it wouldn't matter if the guy offered it for
free. I record bird song and Audacity along with Snd are the only two
programs I need to do what I want. They are both great apps. Perhaps
if we get by the moral opprobrium of this situation, this situation 
could be viewed as a public offering of superior linux apps which
have also been ported to windows? I doubt this is the last time we'll
see this happen. If there is a GPL violation then the guy needs to be
taken down. But if he lives within the license then we can't complain.

Jack Bowling
mailto: jbinpg at shaw.ca

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