[News] Jeff Waugh Defends the GPL

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Roy Schestowitz

Aug 16, 2006, 11:28:05 PM8/16/06
Post-Ubuntu Waugh predicts software Perestroika

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| On the GPL, Waugh said between 60 and 70 percent of open source projects
| use it and "not just because everyone is a fan of Richard Stallman".
| "Once you have that kind of momentum it becomes pretty important," he
| said. "Every time you have a piece of software that's incompatible with
| yours you are duplicating effort if you want to use each other's software."
| Waugh said the GPL is often described as a viral licence, but questionedh
| ow many people got a virus and decided they wanted it.
| "If the GPL were viral it would affect other software and you would have no
| say in it - it turns out you have every say in it," he said.
| Waugh also questioned the role of many licences other than the BSD, GPL,
| MPL (Mozilla Public Licence) calling them "annoying or irrelevant".


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