Mad Penguin: GPL Challenges: A Reality Check
Jan 18, 2007, 04:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)
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[ Thanks to Matt D. for
this link. ]
"Have you ever sat back and pondered why we don't see more Linux
OEMs distributing Linux over Windows? Most might find themselves
running down the usual list of reasons, but I have one that you
might not have considered--the GPL.
"To me, the GPL is a double edged sword. Its positive aspects
can be seen with projects, such as the Linux kernel and Firefox.
But its negative side can be seen as more and more Linux
distributions are using legal work-arounds to bypass GPL
restrictions. Why? Simple, it's restricting what the
developers/sponsors of these distributions are trying to do..."