And there we go again with GPL zealots:
The sad part is that the reply, while snarky, was correct. You seem to be stuck in "victim-mode" where you can't do what you want to do and refuse to look at alternatives.
Seriously, whining because you can't have your cake and eat it too is tiring.
It's really tiring those GPL advocates whining about supposed whining from others who just ask a question or don't think their preferred way of doing business can be done via GPL, no then they get accused of wanting to take other software for free and profiting from it, or that they are whining.
The rest of your comment was ok, but of course it has to be whiny and accusing again, as all GPL advocates seem to like doing.
A few months ago I made a good reply to a particularly inane posting by someone who didn't understand, but even worse, lied about various businesses don't use/don't want to use GPL software.
It's http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2618678&cid=38680252) where I replied to a nonsensical posting by 'causality (777677' which is full of disinformation and the response to my posting shows nothing but ignorance and distortion of the facts. That he gets modded to +5 twice shows the fanboys are at work.
So I will explain here in more detail, as this is the crap that GPL lovers do all the time. It explains also why my original response talked about enforcability of the GPL licence, but also to see how such a zealot distorts and/or just makes things up. Of course, not all of them are like that, but a lot of them...
It annoys the minority of businesses who feel entitled to the free labor of strangers and don't want to give anything back.
A lie, it's about using your software without having to give it all up for free and/or about not getting sued...
You see, some people are childish and the most visible mark of childishness is a sense of entitlement. This causes them to feel somehow cheated if you place a few conditions on code that is otherwise free, that no one is forcing them to use if the conditions don't suit them.
They are not complaining about free code, but that their code that cannot be used freely (on a given system) without having to rewrite more... This is why I gave my argument of the GPL becoming unenforcable once it gets over a certain threshold. But that obviously flies high above his head!
I think phrases like "you mean I have to actually HIRE my OWN PROGRAMMERS if I really must insist that everything be done exactly the way I want?!" are often uttered with outrage during their corporate meetings.
This is just childish nonsense, made up by him.
I mean hey, launching a commercial product with most of the work already done for you, for free, is a nice racket if you can get it.
That's not it and either he knows it, in which case he's a liar, or he hasn't even bothered to look up the reason why GPL software is not acceptable in various cases, in which case he is again making things up.
But if the developers intend to allow this, they wouldn't use GPL, they would use a BSD-type license.
By virtue of the previous sentence he implies the view that BSD licence is good to make a product ' with most of the work already done for you, for free' and ready to be exploited. This proves he is a Linux/GPL zealot.
For reasonable people, this is not a problem. Reasonable people think either "hey, this code is available for free and we have no problem complying with the license, so we can enjoy all the effort that has already been done for us and build on that", or they think "the terms of that license aren't compatible with our business model, or we're afraid of how a court may interpret them, so we can't use that code, oh well, this has not harmed us in any way so we really have no complaint".
Exactly, this is what developers do. Developers don't go complaining about GPL software because 'they have to write software themselves', but that they cannot use what they write themselves without undue burdens. So he is stating what is happening yet writing it in a way as if to imply that only reasonable people do that, and the people who prefer BSD software or require BSD software as they want to be absolutely sure there is not going to be an 'infection' from the GPL licence, are not reasonable. Nice twisting of words.
For everyone else, there is a need to demonize whatever it is that doesn't perfectly suit them even though they are under no obligation to use it. Sort of like the Puritannical types who want to shut down "offensive" shows that no one is making them watch and criminalize victimless behaviors among consenting adults that no one is forcing them to participate in. The mentality is never this direct and honest, and always covers itself up with a phony excuse, but if not for that its motto would be "it's not good enough that *I* don't do something I don't like, oh no, I have to make certain no one else can do it either!"
Here we come to something extremely funny: He rants about wanting to make sure others do as you do, but making sure others do as you do is exactly what the GPL does, and what the GPL was meant to do! This is another projection. Or actually a reversing of a perceived argument. Reversing arguments, accusing someone of doing something he/she does not do but which the accuser himself/herself does is what I found to be a typical trait of a sociopath. Therefore it would not surprise me in the least if this guy is a sociopath.
If you're going to be childish and call me names like "moron" and "zealot", you should least demonstrate a basic familiarity with the facts.
Funny, because I know the facts and he does not, he makes up false-facts. His original posting is full of them! Calling someone a moron or zealot (which I proved he is) is not childish, but then I suspect he barely has other words in his vocabulary than 'childish' to describe someone who disagrees with him.
If you feel a need to deal with things that way, it is a sure sign you are reacting emotionally and not proactively evaluating anything reasonably.
Ah yes, my response was a proper (and very deep, but he just didn't understand it) response to someone who lies, makes up facts, twists arguments, and he dares say my very well argued response is emotional? Hmm, very funny again!
Against anyone who remains reasonable, you are going to make yourself look foolish. Just for your future reference.
Funny, advice from someone who lies and makes up stuff about how not to look foolish!