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eWeek: What it means to be free; or GPL in it

Aug 28, 2000, 21:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stan Gibson)

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"Even if the recently unveiled GNOME Foundation's Linux-based environment were highly functional and mature (it's not yet), IT managers would still be looking at it quizzically, not fully understanding the GPL license agreement and what it means to them. Indeed, how IT folks come to terms with GPL will determine whether we actually launch into the next phase of computing or not."

"It will take some time. It took three decades for you to become used to paying for software, agreeing to licensing terms embedded in print too small to be deciphered with a telescope. It may have its problems, but it's the way we are used to doing things. As such, it is not something that we will give up overnight."

"But let's say you can overcome the newness of the "free" concept. What then? As several IT managers told eWeek reporters in our coverage of LinuxWorld, they can't move to another platform at any price until the user interface is substantially like that of Windows. And there will be no reason to move until there are more applications."

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