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BeOpen.com: Richard Stallman's Response to Warwick Allison of Troll Tech

Jul 17, 2000, 19:25 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Stallman)

[ Thanks to Domenic R. Merenda for this link. ]

"Warwick Allison in your interview says some confused things about the GPL. To prevent the readers from being misled, would you please post this response?..."

"But Allison's implication that the GPL is meant to stop someone from making money is just plain wrong; in fact, the freedom to sell copies for a profit is part of the freedom that the GPL protects. Being for freedom and community does not mean being against profit."

"When Red Hat Software refused to include KDE/Qt in their GNU/Linux system, they did something unusual for a company: they acted for the sake of the community's freedom rather than for short-term expediency. You called this "strange"--I call it admirable. One view criticizes them as foolish for declining a selfish opportunity, the other praises them for caring about the community. It is a difference of values."

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