August 24, 2001

Free Software movement gets down to business

Author: JT Smith

From a column at osOpinion: "I'm a strong believer in the Free Software Movement. All software ought to
be free software and distributed under the terms of the General Public
License (GPL). There are solid ethical and engineering reasons to take that
stance. I'm also a strong believer that growth-oriented, profitable, socially
responsible businesses can be based on free software and do so without any
need for proprietary or even open-source (non-GPL) components. The
simplest argument in favor of this view is to recognize that proprietary
software licenses are largely an accounting convenience rather than a
necessary condition of how software-based businesses operate."
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