(L)GPL remarks and FreeGIS licensing

Wim De Smet fragmeat at yucom.be
Sun Aug 17 17:19:04 UTC 2003

On Sun, 17 Aug 2003 16:50:02 +0100
"Niall Douglas" <s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com> wrote:
> On 16 Aug 2003 at 13:29, Wim De Smet wrote:
> > The common conception is, that our current system is indeed not up
> > to the task of carrying us another millennium. But your arguments
> > are wild, unfounded, off-topic and you present no alternative to
> > change the system your criticizing. So the entire discussion you're
> > trying to launch is essentially baseless.
> > 
> > Serves to show the governments of our respective countries are not
> > the only ones who don't know what they're doing.
> :)
> Actually, I have *no* *shortage* of ideas for systemic changes to 
> address these problems and bring our civilisation into a post-
> capitalist infrastructure, many of which are in accord with other 
> futurist opinion and study. However, these would be off-topic in here 
> except in an engineering sense.
> My original point (and my apologies if I wasn't being clear) is that 
> the new intellectual property laws being passed or tabled at the EU 
> are symptoms of an overall systemic problem of misconceptualisation. 
> Since people don't seem to want to address that, cool, but I thought 
> it a point worth making.
> Cheers,
> Niall

That's an entirely different point altogether if you ask me. I think
most people consider it off-topic, since one could even argue if this
has anything to do with free software and if there really is such a

Personally, on such a vague topic, I'd like to go to the details. If you
see what happens in everyday politics it seems apparent to me it is no
longer a matter of "what ideology do we want to serve", but more of "how
can we get re-elected". Which roughly translates to "how can we make
more money". It seems to me software patents are a misguided attempt at
solving this problem. If that is what you mean with
misconceptualisation, okay. But the state of international labour
doesn't have much to do with software in general IMHO.


Only two things are infinite: human stupidity and the universe, and I'm
not sure about the latter. -- Albert Einstein

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