GPL worldview WAS Re: Rchard Stallman vs Darl McBride

Michael Torrie torriem at
Tue Jul 20 21:41:59 MDT 2010

On 07/20/2010 08:21 PM, Richard Esplin wrote:
> Personal enrichment is only one motivation for contributing to a
> software project. From the perspective of what is best for the open
> source ecosystem, it is perhaps one of the less valuable
> motivations.

In fact, IBM contributes to GPL'd software precisely for *commercial*
reasons.  In IBM's mind, contributing to GPLd software like the Linux
kernel helps them make money by having a stronger, more viable platform.
 The GPL levels the playing field.  IBM's contributions can't be used
against them, as they could be with a BSD license.  Linux gets better
for everyone.

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