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NewsForge: Why I Love the GPL

Jan 29, 2005, 15:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"There are a lot of good reasons to like the GPL: the GNU Public License. For one thing, it's a David and Goliath kind of thing. It's the little guy standing up to the corporate behemoths that run rough-shod over our daily lives by virtue of their influence, legal and otherwise, on government. For another, it's virtuous. It's a Medicare Bill which actually provides more and better health care for the elderly rather than simply pouring public funds directly into the greedy, gaping gaws of the pharmaceutical industry. It's also territorial. It's 'Don't Tread on Me' applied to software. The GPL provides a legal framework for an ever improving, ever free, software infrastructure. In addition, it's what Linus chose for Linux in order that those who follow can have access to his creation. But what I love about the GPL is the same thing that Microsoft and other corporate predators hate about it: it works..."

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