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Re: value of open-source in the driver community (was "how to execute a process...")

David_J._CraigDavid_J._Craig Member Posts: 1,885
Peter, ask them if they want us to export our lawyers there. If they don't
have all the stuff to keep them rolling in money, we might have to export
some.

"Roddy, Mark" wrote in message news:xxxxx@ntdev...
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> Well you are sort of french looking.
>
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> Mark Roddy
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Viscarola [mailto:xxxxx@osr.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 5:09 PM
> To: Windows System Software Developers Interest List
> Subject: [ntdev] Re: value of open-source in the driver community (was
"how
> to execute a process...")
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> "ivona prenosilova" wrote in message
news:xxxxx@ntdev...
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> > BC> Bottom line is that these "penguinites" as you so politely
> call them are
> > BC> nothing more than lazy, thieving, stupid, fascist, bottom-dwelling
> >
> >
> > this sounds to me as a comment written by and American who hangs every
> > morning USA national flag on pole before his house :-)
> >
>
> Careful, Ivona... People are gonna take this as flame bait.
>
> I'm sure you mean that in the nicest possible sense: That Mr. Casey's is a
> very typically American view of intellectual property. One that's not
> necessarily shared so vociferously in other places.
>
> Peter
> (also a native born US citizen, before somebody on this list asks me to
> prove my bona fides)
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Comments

  • Peter_Viscarola_(OSR)Peter_Viscarola_(OSR) Administrator Posts: 7,262
    "David J. Craig" wrote in message
    news:xxxxx@ntdev...
    >
    > Peter, ask them if they want us to export our lawyers there. If they
    don't
    > have all the stuff to keep them rolling in money, we might have to export
    > some.
    >

    I'm thinking of one specific lawyer I'd like to see exported there... or,
    perhaps, to Iraq. Then again, I'm sure we all have a "special someone" for
    the list. Shakespeare was right.

    Peter
    OSR

    Peter Viscarola
    OSR
    @OSRDrivers

  • Thomas_F._DivineThomas_F._Divine Member Posts: 537
    "Moreira, Alberto" wrote in message
    news:xxxxx@ntdev...
    >
    > Let me see if I understand. I write a piece of code, I want to put it
    under
    > the GPL. Should I not be able to do that ?

    Absolutely! It is your code, and therefore your choice!

    It is a great contribution to us all who can work under GPL. :-)

    It doesn't exist for those who cannot adopt GPL for themselves simply
    because they looked at your code. :-(

    > More, if I'm a star programmer
    > and I can write nontrivial code in the back of an envelope while I'm
    waiting
    > in the supermarket line, should I not put my code under the GPL in
    deference
    > to people who have to spend time enough writing the equivalent software
    that
    > they think they deserve to be paid for it ? Or let's say, I'm a professor
    > and I write a compiler to use in my classroom teaching - should I not be
    > entitled to give away my source code under the GPL ?
    >

    Absolutely. Do it. I peek through BSD sources (which, indirectly are paid
    for by my taxes) to get wonderful ideas that I might not have thought of
    myself.

    If it's under GPL, I can't look at it because in doing so I would commit my
    company (and my customers) to adopt the same license.

    > Not that I particularly love the GPL, but I believe that we must strive
    for
    > a free market. Which includes the right to give things away if that's what
    > we figure it's in our best interest. And it does get to a point where
    > certain kinds of code become trivial enough that, well, people begin to
    feel
    > they shouldn't pay for it after all !
    >

    Sure you can give it away. But you are not really giving it away for free if
    you use GPL. You are saying "You can use this code for free IF you adopt the
    license that I (the author) have selected (GPL). In addition, all of your
    customers must adopt GPL as well.".

    If you are going to give source away then give it away. Don't put strings on
    it.

    ( Didn't really mean that. You wrote it, it's your choice).

    Warm regards,

    Thomas
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