Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: June 30 2008,20:08
|Then it won't follow the GPL license i presume. |
The three projects mentioned in this thread are OpenSSH, OpenSSL, and zlib. None of these three is licensed under GPL. None forbids the sale of software, and, in fact, all allow their code to be used in proprietary software. I also said that I would allow the Ugandan project sponsored by Bram Moolenaar of vim, and vim isn't GPL.
It doesn't surprise me that you don't "get it" wrt what happened last week about the reconfigured runtime offered under a free license but whose developer wants to attach strings. Like that developer, you obviously don't understand GPL. You also seem to be operating under a false premise that "free" software cannot be sold. You are, as usual, very mistaken. The GPL allows it and the FSF encourages it because "free" software isn't about cost but about freedom: "...we encourage people who redistribute free software to charge as much as they wish or can.... the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) has no requirements about how much you can charge for distributing a copy of free software. You can charge nothing, a penny, a dollar, or a billion dollars."
Read that and then come back and apologize for being such a dunderhead in public.
I have no qualms about soliciting money, whether it's an obscene amount from you personally or much less from anyone else, for the two projects I mentioned above. Both are already used in DSL. DSL has benefited from and continues to benefit by having OpenSSH and vim (even if it's an older tiny version) in its base.
I can further justify it on the grounds that most of my extension submissions have come from requests from others that I make available what I already have. I've also gone out of my way to contribute to the community. I place a high value on my time and I'd like to see any "bounty" have the greatest possible benefit. If it can benefit projects that already benefit the DSL community and will continue to do so, who are you to complain? It only shows what a demanding little ingrate you really are that you'd object to something that benefits all of us.
(Edited FSF quote and amended my terms for compiling extensions for meo; the price for meo is now US$1 billion payable to Theo of OpenSSH or vim's charity in Uganda. I'll even let meo split the billion between those two projects.)
"It felt kind of like having a pitbull terrier on my rear end."
-- meo (copyright(c)2008, all rights reserved)