Someone posted a quote I really like - Journal of Omnifarious
Oct. 26th, 2006
03:10 pm - Someone posted a quote I really like
There are conflicts over which license is the best in the Free Software/Open Source community. The two major camps are BSD and GPL.
I do not like the BSD license because it leaves the door open for the code to be closed up and sold as a secret proprietary technology. If the proprietary product takes off, then this will significantly reduce the usefulness and relevance of the non-secret code because of network effects.
A lot of people think this is a silly way to think, or think that you're being anti-commercial (which I'm not) by using the GPL.
I look at the GPL as being the set of rules everybody can play by that ensures that everything remains free (as in speech, not beer). This is a way of thinking I've only recently distilled out of the various ideas in my head, and I recently posted a response in a Slashdot discussion in which the idea is presented in a purer form than most places I've expressed it.
As with most good ideas, it turns out someone thought of it before. And I was treated to a fantastic quote:
Between the weak and the strong one it is the freedom which oppresses and the law that liberates (Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire)
That so perfectly sums up my idea. :-)
Edit 2006-10-31: This quote was mistakenly attributed to Jean Jacques Rousseau, and I corrected this.