article is perhaps the most subversive thing I have ever read with
regards to linux. I simply cannot believe that anyone would cast the
Free Software Foundation as
villians. The author's description of the GPL is largely accurate,
but the article completely misses the larger point. Now, repeat after me
-- they are giving software away. How can these corporations
complain about that? There are two huge benefits to using GPL software:
Think about it. Richard Stallman,
Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, and many, many others
have put many, many hours into creating the software that goes into a linux
system. How in the world can Forbes complain that these corporations have
the right to profit from their work? The scary thing is, the GPL does
allow corporations to profit from the work of others -- see Red Hat, which employs Alan
- A person can see the code. If they want, they can get into the
program and change it themselves.
- When somebody else comes along and changes the code, they don't have
to release those changes. Heck knows I've changed plenty of stuff on my
linux systems, but I don't have an ftp server up with my changes. You
only have to release the code if you are also distributing the
Let's all have a moment of silence for poor, put upon Cisco. Their market cap
isn't even twice that of the
closest competitor -- and Nokia isn't really a competitor of Cisco, now.
Just because they dwarf the rest of the industry doesn't mean they
shouldn't be allowed to profit from the work of others now, does it? Oh,
but it was all Linksys's fault, oh
wait, no, it's really Broadcom's
fault. The argument boils down to feeling sorry for poor little Cisco
because they're too dang busy destroying the competition to
actually look at what the heck they are selling. No wonder so much
computer hardware is crap.
You know, I respect people who use the BSD license,
but it just seems so fruitless. I mean, if you're going to give away
software, why would you want others to be able to take it and sell it with
nothing given back to the world?
Posted after Human Rights [ /computers ]
about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My
brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...
These are the sites that I read the most:
instapundit (like many, many
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.
Arts & Letters Daily
The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I
set up this blog 4 years ago.)
(especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!
Worse Than Failure
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.
Other interesting political commentary
(and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web
(What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos
I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
New York Press
Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of
The Fabulous Ruins of
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page