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Linux and Main: RMS Condemns [UnitedLinux] Per-seat Licensing

May 31, 2002, 14:30 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"The founder of the Free Software movement is encouraging developers to rebel against the per-seat licensing that the 'UnitedLinux' business software initiative apparently will employ in its new distribution.

"In response to an inquiry from Linux and Main, Richard M. Stallman issued a statement and call to arms to Free Software developers.

"''Licensing per seat' perverts the GNU+Linux system into something that respects your freedom as much as Windows,' Stallman said. 'They cannot restrict the GPL-covered programs in the system that way, because that would violate the GNU GPL, but the system also contains non-copylefted programs which are points of vulnerability. Free software developers, please don't let them license YOUR program per seat. Use the GNU GPL...!'"

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