Re: If loadable modules are covered by Linux GPL?

From: Mike Coleman (
Date: Tue Aug 29 2000 - 17:43:45 EST

"Richard B. Johnson" <> writes:
> Even M$ doesn't require that I give proprietary information away.
> If Linux wants to become the new standard for the computing industry,
> GPL or whatever can't claim any ownership of the work a company
> has done while using it.

This almost seems like a troll. We who write GPLed software don't claim
ownership of other's work--we just specify the conditions under which the
others can use *our* work. What's wrong with that? Are you saying we should
just give our work away to you with compensation at all? You Communist! ;-)

Regarding Microsoft, I suppose that's true. Microsoft is about taking control
away from users and giving it to vendors, and the GPL is, to a degree, the
reverse. The smart user will gravitate towards GPLed software, and in a fair
and competitive marketplace, the smart vendors will follow.


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