"I knew when I mentioned something negative about the GNU
Project's General Public License (GPL), in my column last week, I
would inevitably be accused of arguing the GPL was a bad license. I
knew this would happen despite my qualification to the argument
that I had released code under the GPL myself. What did not fit
into that piece shall now be dealt with: is the GPL a bad
"The simple answer, for those interested in that, is no, it is
not a bad license. The longer answer, however, is worth perusing,
because a license inevitably has an impact on both the developer
and the end-user. This is especially true with a license, such as
the GPL, which encourages derivative works and sets requirements
upon the release of those works..."
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