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Stuart Jansen sjansen at
Wed Apr 6 18:58:23 MDT 2005

On Wed, 2005-04-06 at 17:44 -0600, Hans Fugal wrote:
> The take-home lesson here is that a proprietary license for
> a beer-free product can not be trusted like an open source license can.

Exactly. (With, of course, the OSS v. Free Software semantics.) 

No matter how much it looks like the owner of the software "gets it".
There's no such thing as long-term, partial commitment to the community.
A company can completely release a product and live with the
consequences. Or it can keep the product proprietary. There is no such
thing as "good enough" because eventually reality will hit and the
company will decide its only option is denying some of the freedoms it
had previously been kind enough to grant.

Stuart Jansen                   e-mail/jabber: sjansen at

"XML is like violence: if it doesn't solve your problem, you aren't
using enough of it." - Chris Maden

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