I just read an article about the software business littered with “zealot” and “restrictive” in relation to licensing of FLOSS and how ASFL is the only way to do business with FLOSS etc. It’s pretty sickening to read these parasites of FLOSS denying the reality that the GPL works and works well. It allows startups to have a head start. It allows startups to innovate and not to have to compete against their own code used against them by competitors in closed source software.
Instead these “pro-business” parasites would have us believe that working for free for M$ and the like is just great for the world of IT. It would be laughable if they weren’t so seriously trying to undermine FLOSS at every turn. These traitors actually promote non-free software as some kind of virtue and perpetuate the myth that using the GPL “infects” software and harms business.
The GPL works. It was the best decision Linus ever made when he produced Linux. If he had chosen a lesser licence, Linux would now be closed source and running Apple and M$’s OS and permitting those evil empires to compete with FLOSS on price/performance with a tiny investment while still screwing with competition. Linux is thriving because it did not go that way. The world of IT is lifting itself out of monopoly because of that. Allowing competition to thrive is great for business. The GPL is great for business, competition, startups, individuals and end-users. There is no downside to using the GPL in FLOSS. There is a downside in using licences like the ASFL. See what happened to OS/2 and compare that with what’s happening to Linux. One dies and the other is everywhere in IT. See what’s happening to OpenOffice.org. It’s stagnant and still not on Apache’s front page as a project six months after Oracle “donated” the code and LibreOffice is thriving. Think about that.
Apache OpenOffice entered incubation on June 1, 2011. The project website (this site) was established on June 13, 2011.
We are continuing the process of migrating the source code, infrastructure and community to Apache. As of the end of December, 2011, the user portal for Apache OpenOffice, www.openoffice.org, was migrated to the Apache infrastructure.
Does anyone really believe ASFL was good for OpenOffice.org?
I recommend the GPL. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. These are licences and collections of software that empower users to get the best from IT by sharing. It’s the right way to do IT. The world needs software and can make its own. Monopolies need not apply for that role.