Java problem

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Mon Dec 31 18:40:41 UTC 2007

Craig White wrote:

>> But, as for hijacking, can you assert that no work currently in Linux 
>> came from unrestricted *bsd style code and had GPL restrictions attached 
>> to further development, hindering additional innovation?  And that every 
>> contributor would have chosen to restrict distribution if it had not 
>> been necessary?
> ----
> language as persuasion is always worth watching. I seem to recall the
> language of 'viral' being attached to GPL by that great champion of
> software freedom...Steve Balmer so it does seem curious that you signed
> on to that terminology.

Some things are just obvious.

> As a user of Linux, I am convinced that it is the GPL license that has
> allowed Linux to become what it is today.

If by 'what it is today', you mean crippled in comparison to OS's that 
include and encourage vendor-supplied drivers, I might agree.  If you 
mean 'more popular than *bsd based systems other than OS X', I'm 
convinced that happened because AT&T was suing BSDI at the time the 
popularity was established and the fate of the code base wasn't clear.

> Your perspective on this list simply hasn't engendered any support.

Before zfs perhaps there wasn't anything that jumped out at you as 
missing strictly due to GPL restrictions.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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