[News] The Need to Comprise Short-term Convenience for Freedom - Linux

This is a discussion on [News] The Need to Comprise Short-term Convenience for Freedom - Linux ; -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Let's Move FOSS to Its Logical Conclusion ,----[ Quote ] | The most obvious trouble with these viewpoints is that they are | short-sighted, even in their own terms. The idea that focusing on ...

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    Let's Move FOSS to Its Logical Conclusion

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    | The most obvious trouble with these viewpoints is that they are
    | short-sighted, even in their own terms. The idea that focusing on quality and
    | ignoring licenses is the best policy is disproved by the well-known story of
    | how Linus Torvalds chose BitKeeper, and pieces of proprietary versioning
    | software for kernel development, only to have to scramble for a replacement
    | when the free version suddenly became unavailable. The same vulnerability is
    | present in software that is simply gratis. The fact that a change in license
    | hasn't happened yet with a particular piece of software is no guarantee that
    | it won't.
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  2. Re: [News] The Need to Comprise Short-term Convenience for Freedom

    Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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    > Let's Move FOSS to Its Logical Conclusion
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    > | The most obvious trouble with these viewpoints is that they are
    > | short-sighted, even in their own terms. The idea that focusing on quality and
    > | ignoring licenses is the best policy is disproved by the well-known story of
    > | how Linus Torvalds chose BitKeeper, and pieces of proprietary versioning
    > | software for kernel development, only to have to scramble for a replacement
    > | when the free version suddenly became unavailable. The same vulnerability is
    > | present in software that is simply gratis. The fact that a change in license
    > | hasn't happened yet with a particular piece of software is no guarantee that
    > | it won't.



    I can't say I understand all the licensing issues surrounding Qt, but I
    find the dual approach to be troubling. My guess is that the FUD about
    Qt's licensing is a big hindrance to progress in building cross-platform
    apps---probably one of the biggest such hindrances. It seems like such
    a tragedy mainly because Qt is supposed to be the best-designed package
    for making cross-platform GUIs. Nokia claims they want "Qt everywhere",
    but I think the best way to make that happen would be to introduce the
    possibility to fork Qt.


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