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From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy selling-exceptions.html
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:48:40 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       16/03/26 15:48:40

Modified files:
        philosophy     : selling-exceptions.html 

Log message:
        Delete the introduction, which was only of short-term interest.

CVSWeb URLs:
http://web.cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewcvs/www/philosophy/selling-exceptions.html?cvsroot=www&r1=1.22&r2=1.23

Patches:
Index: selling-exceptions.html
===================================================================
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/selling-exceptions.html,v
retrieving revision 1.22
retrieving revision 1.23
diff -u -b -r1.22 -r1.23
--- selling-exceptions.html     1 Jan 2016 05:55:21 -0000       1.22
+++ selling-exceptions.html     26 Mar 2016 15:48:39 -0000      1.23
@@ -9,29 +9,6 @@
 
 <p>by <a href="http://www.stallman.org/";>Richard Stallman</a></p>
 
-<p><em>The practice of selling license exceptions became a hot topic
-when I co-signed Knowledge Ecology International's letter warning that
-Oracle's purchase of MySQL (plus the rest of Sun) might not be good
-for MySQL.</em></p>
-
-<p><em>As the following article explains, my feelings about selling
-license exceptions are mixed.  Clearly it is possible to develop
-powerful and complex software packages under the GNU GPL without
-selling exceptions, and we do this.  MySQL can be developed this way
-too.  However, selling exceptions has been used by MySQL developers.
-Who should decide whether to continue this?  I don't think it is wise
-to give major decisions about a free software project to a large
-proprietary competitor, which might naturally prefer that the project
-develop less rather than more.</em></p>
-
-<p><em>One thing that makes no sense at all is the idea of changing
-the license of MySQL to something non-copyleft.  That would eliminate
-the possibility of selling exceptions, but allow all sorts of
-proprietary modified versions.  Wherever MySQL should go, it isn't
-there.</em></p>
-
-<h3>On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL</h3>
-
 <p>When I co-signed
 the <a href="/philosophy/ec_letter_mysql_oct19.pdf">letter objecting
 to Oracle's planned purchase of
@@ -187,7 +164,7 @@
 
 <p class="unprintable">Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2016/01/01 05:55:21 $
+$Date: 2016/03/26 15:48:39 $
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 </p>
 </div>



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