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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: Hadron
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:27:11 +0100
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Sermo Malifer <> writes:

> amicus_curious wrote:
>> "Rjack" <> wrote in message
>>> advocates are ideologically blinded to these facts.
>> That is an interesting spin to the issue!
>> The reality is that the GPL has no practical effect on anything of
>> any importance in terms of market development.  One could, perhaps,
>> take GPL code and attempt to create a new software product by
>> extending the GPL source in some useful way, but, if you think about
>> it more deeply, that is ever so unlikely to be successful.
> Or you could create software that runs on a GPL OS but that is not
> derived from its source code.
>> For example, say you could safely, without getting ground up in the
>> gears of the SFLC or FSF, hijack the source code for Open Office or
>> Gimp or even Linux itself.  
> IOW, if you could steal somebody else's work and pass it off as your own.
>> If you try to sell it as a product by itself, with nothing added,
>> you are going to fail, since the product is already available at
>> essentially zero cost and you have nothing to differentiate
>> yourself.  
> IOW, you can't get away with stealing somebody else's work and passing
> it off as your own.

Not "IOW" at all.

It doesn't take much imagination to see the stuff being stolen and used
as a BASE for an improved version.

You sound as much of a dumb arse as Phil Da Lick on this subject.

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