[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

rdflowers base at chalice.us
Fri Dec 14 21:27:04 UTC 2012

But, if I choose to LICENSE my code -- make it conditionally available  
-- you would say I have no right to do so? I'm limited to all or  
nothing, accordingly to you? WTF?

If you are allowed to have my code, you can just market it under your  
name, padlocked, no matter what I want? Why on Earth?

----- Message from chad78 at gmail.com ---------
     Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:55:06 -0600
     From: Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com>
Reply-To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group  
<chugalug at chugalug.org>
  Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source
       To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group  
<chugalug at chugalug.org>

> If you share the code, then yes.
> If you choose to share the code with the world - then I should be able to
> take that code - change it all or not one bit of data - lock it up, and
> sell it.
> The thing is - your free code will still be out there.  Free.  So I would
> be competing with a no-cost alternative.  If I did not add something of
> value to it (and that value may only be in branding or advertising) - then
> it will not sell.  That is how the free market works.
> If you do not choose to share the code - then I have no right to do what
> you claimed.  Not under current law.
> The bogey-man of force you refer to is the desire of RMS.  If you want
> everything to be open source, and believe anything short of your personal
> definition of open...er um.. "Free" ... is inherently and demonstratively
> EVIL - then your desire is that all software was free/open/libre....  And
> that would mean no programmer would have the choice to do otherwise.  Call
> that force if you want to. His views limit choice - they, in fact, limit
> freedom.  If he was given the power/authority to impose his views on
> others, consumer and programmer choice would suffer.  Innovation would
> suffer.  If you take away the incentive of money, then the motivation to
> work is decreased.
> *- Chad W. Smith*
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM, rdflowers <base at chalice.us> wrote:
>> Once again you invoke the very boogy-man of force that you won't defend.
>> Exactly WHO does this refer to -- "But I also don't believe anyone should
>> have to be
>>> forced to share what they've done, what they've created if they don't want
>>> to.   ??  WHO ??
>> You mean you should be able to include a copy of my code in a program with
>> code you write, and padlock the whole thing, whether I want you to or not?
>> So, if I copied something of yours, added a little, and obfuscated it, and
>> gave you no credit or cash -- you'd (1) not object, and (2) believe no one
>> should object in such a situation ???

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R. D. Flowers, Chattanooga, TN, USA

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