hypothetical(?) GPL problem

OP Mailserver user s96121272 at op.up.ac.za
Thu Jun 21 16:54:10 UTC 2001


Remember the various licenses are just tools. The aim is to protect the freedoms:

1   The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.

2   The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.
     (Access to the source code is a precondition for this.)

3   The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. 

4   The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that
     the whole community benefits. (Access to the source code is a precondition for this.)

This is why hybrid free/nonfree systems are acceptable only as a tactic for the development 
of purely free systems. At the heart of freesoftware is the idea that holding back knowledge is
not only counter productive, but malicious.

(See RMS's original rant about the early laser printer that ran on non-free software,
 so nobody could fix the bugs:-))

Nick Hockings

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