[LINK] GPL .. good or bad?
kim at holburn.net
Thu Apr 30 19:56:08 AEST 2009
On the other hand there is an interesting article "Why (desktop) Linux
and he talks about how funding for linux is a real problem.
On 2009/Apr/30, at 9:27 AM, Tom Koltai wrote:
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>> GPL: why Eric Raymond is wrong
>> by Sam Varghese, Thursday, 30 April 2009
>> The Economic Case Against the GPL http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=928
>> In all worlds, markets seek efficiency, because investors are
>> seeking the best return on capital. Thus guarantees the most
>> system will win, eventually. The flip side of this is that
>> markets will
>> punish those who adopt the less efficient mode. They'll be
>> Capital will flow away from them.
>> If we live in "Type A" a universe where closed source is more
>> markets will eventually punish people who take closed source
>> code open.
>> Markets will correspondingly reward people who take open
>> source closed.
>> In this kind of universe, open source is doomed; the GPL will be
>> subverted or routed around by efficiency-seeking investors as
>> surely as
>> water flows downhill.
> Unfortunately - this is the problem.
> For open source to be successful - unfortunately it needs to be closed
> before investors will consider it to be capable of providing them a
> GPL release programmers havent yet learnt that the Akamai's and
> of the world started with open source and raised their capital by
> closing the GPL - and then tuning it.
> When young programmers learn that their efforts at purely open source
> will doom them to an old age that has lots of kudos, but few shekels
> they are usually already old programmers.
> But that is the way of the world, that we call capitalism.
> Wisdom comes from the realisation of mortality - what I call the
> bone sydneome - at about .... 45.
> For those of you thinking on how I could say somehting as wise as
> this...... Pretend I didn't.
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