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Advogato: Does GNU have a responsibility to educate GPL projects ?

Nov 05, 2001, 13:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by rmorrell)
"I run and fund the SmoothWall firewall project here in the UK and across the globe in all the countries where its installed (107 countries in 14 languages). While we strive totally to make sure that we push and promote GPL everywhere were possible and make our downloads free, complete with GPL compliant source - sometimes it sucks that it isnt clear how the key core management of FSF dont make themselves more available to help GPL projects remain clued up as to the direction of proceeding towards commerciality without screwing up a vital message.

The GPL is one of the most important licences in the history of software development. Some more vocal may argue its also standing up for our rights as software developers to have a freedom of speech. I just know that it allows me as a software developer to release good high quality fit for purpose software globally with minimal restriction.

It's certainly not all plain sailing. In the past we've had run in's with FSF and we've always instantly complied with their advice. It has always been helpful advice and RMS and Georg Greve have both worked hard to help us. I've always found the staff at FSF in Boston both attentive and really helpful."

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