LinuxWorld: Why a Secret Patent Deal Won't Help Linux/Windows
Feb 12, 2007, 13:45 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)
"LinuxWorld: Now, when I talked to you a while
ago, you said, 'I donâ€™t give away my software.
I cooperate with people who cooperate with me. How does that relate
to whatâ€™s going on here, patent
"Allison: Well, kind of peripherally really.
Essentially, this is going back to the misnomer of "free software."
A lot of people, corporations included, hear the word free, and
they donâ€™t think about the second meaning of
the word free. They just think, "oh, itâ€™s
without cost." And, of course, it isnâ€™t. And
the cost is you have to reciprocate. You have to give exactly the
same terms to people you give it to that you get yourself.
Itâ€™s the share and share a like kind of
license. So, when somebody violates that essentially by negotiating
favorite terms for themselves, that they donâ€™t
want to give to other people, then that I object to strenuously, up
to and including leaving a company because of it..."