Bill Gates ridicules the GPL, equals software to medicines, insists on sw. patents
José Pedro Ferreira
pedro.ferreira at fe.up.pt
Wed Apr 23 13:15:52 UTC 2008
> "I think if you invent drugs, you should be able to charge for them," he said, adding with a shrug: "That may seem radical."
I wouldn't expect otherwise... his whole life has been about
exploiting the basic needs of the computer users, why would he take a
different approach regarding health issues?
I think his charity will never compensate for the attack on the
fundamental rights that he's been sponsoring.
On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM, José Pedro Ferreira
<pedro.ferreira at fe.up.pt> wrote:
> > "I think if you invent drugs, you should be able to charge for them," he said, adding with a shrug: "That may seem radical."
> I wouldn't expect otherwise... his whole life has been about
> exploiting the basic needs of the computer users, why would he take a
> different approach regarding health issues?
> I think his charity will never compensate for the attack on the
> fundamental rights that he's been sponsoring.
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:32 AM, David B <davidb_info at yahoo.es> wrote:
> > So much for the allegued "openness" and "open source
> > friendliness" of Microsoft: There is no such thing:
> > They want to open the breach inside the FOSS community
> > separating tame just-business-friendly patent-friendly
> > open-source from free(dom) software and marginalise
> > (and eventually kill) the GPL and the FSF.
> > He goes as far as downplaying the benefits of open
> > source software in medical science projects (better
> > leave it to Gates' charity)
> > Notice they keep insisting on software patentability
> > and that no matter if it is open source they want to
> > make you pay for software (and Novell is helping them
> > in pursuing this strategy).
> > Source:
> > http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/04/bill-gates-what.html
> > Best regards.
> > David B.(Spain)
> > One thing Gates won't be leaving behind in
> > retirement is his distaste for open source software.
> > After one scientist asked if Gates would consider open
> > source uses in health research, the man who built his
> > $280 billion company on the power of intellectual
> > property bristled.
> > "There's free software and then there's open
> > source," he suggested, noting that Microsoft gives
> > away its software in developing countries. With open
> > source software, on the other hand, "there is this
> > thing called the GPL, which we disagree with."
> > Open source, he said, creates a license "so that
> > nobody can ever improve the software," he claimed,
> > bemoaning the squandered opportunity for jobs and
> > business. (Yes, Linux fans, we're aware of how
> > distorted this definition is.) He went back to the
> > analogy of pharmaceuticals: "I think if you invent
> > drugs, you should be able to charge for them," he
> > said, adding with a shrug: "That may seem radical."
> > it's very revealing that Microsoft tries to separate
> > Free software (it tries to characterise it as gratis,
> > i.e. zero cost, cheap, shoddy) from open source. Open
> > source is, to Microsoft, mainly about visibility, but
> > it wants it to be subjected to the same rules,
> > including software patents. Where are those geniuses
> > who defended Microsoft's seemingly-friendly approach
> > towards the OSI?
> > http://www.endsoftwarepatents.org
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