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Comment Re:Slashdot Official Translation (Score 1) 703

Blaming lawyers for our troubles is short-sighted. The number of opportunities in law is actually going down, and the typical advice for people who want to go to law school these days is don't bother. That doesn't sound like some dystopian future world where lawyers would be in high demand suing each other into oblivion.

If your anger should be directed somewhere, it should be directed at the wealthiest 10% of america, who own 72% of it's wealth. Which would be fine (after all, there's nothing inherently wrong with being rich), except they also don't pay their fair share of taxes either, which means cutbacks in education, social services, and so on. They will use their considerable political influence to continue that things continue the way they are, and of course, they've managed to drill into people's heads that more taxes == evil, so you have people frothing at the mouth and protesting against their own best interest.

Comment Re:Me too! (Score 2, Interesting) 371

If I sell software with anything like a typical commercial license and I decide to stop supporting it, you're SOL. With the GPL, at least you have the source and can spend money to hire someone to support it.

The GPL emphasizes code freedom over developer freedom. Take a look at Question 6 of the Commercial License page for MySQL:

Q6: What is Sun's commercial license for MySQL software?
A: Sun offers a commercial license for all of its MySQL software that is embedded in or bundled with another application. The commercial license allows OEMs, ISVs and VARs to distribute commercial binaries of MySQL software with their own commercial software without subjecting that software to the GPL and its requirement to distribute source code.

Emphasis mine. If MySQL had been BSD licensed, Monty Program AB could continue to offer a similar service for MariaDB, even though it was not the primary copyright holder of MySQL's codebase. Of course, said commercial software would have to have the BSD license included somewhere in their documentation, per the BSD license's second clause, but this is likely to be far more agreeable than the GPL's onerous requirements.

As far as the trademark is concerned, if I own BobSQL, you can't call your own database BobSQL regardless of how either one is licensed.

You are precisely correct. However, I feel that too many GPL advocates don't think about the ramifications of having to discard the brand associated with the code. "Oh we'll fork it and everything will be fine" is naive, since you now have to "get the word out" about the forked project all over again. And this is only if the copyright holders have abandoned the project, if they continue to develop it, you are now effectively competing against your old established codebase and have more to prove.

Looking back over my original post, however, it does look like I put the branding issues and the 'commercial closed source' issue under the same umbrella, though I meant differently (see: singular use of the word "disadvantage") My apologies.

Comment Re:Me too! (Score 1, Insightful) 371

...except that if Oracle owns the copyrights to MySQL, they can close source future versions of MySQL and/or let mainline development languish. I don't know if they also own the name "MySQL" but if they do they can forbid any forks of MySQL from being called "MySQL" as well.

Of course, the existing source will live forever, but any forks will not have the advantage of the "MySQL" brand name or the ability to dual-license the code for situations where more restrictive licensing might be desired by their customers.

It's kind of surprising how few people realize this disadvantage of the GPL. Keep that in mind the next time you use it on a project.

Submission + - Games for Windows Live charges for patches ( 1

Anonymous writes: "Brad Wardell of Stardock was recently interviewed by Shacknews. He has a lot of interesting things to say about the current state of PC gaming, but he also had a fair bit to get off his chest when it comes to Games for Windows Live:

"I intended for Elemental [an upcoming Stardock game -ed] to be on Games for Windows Live, but then as we got closer, the Xbox group took it over more and more. And they have things where, oh, if you want to use Games for Windows Live to update your game, you have to go through [their] certification. And if you do it more than X number of times, you have to pay money. It's like, "My friends, you can't do that on the PC.""

Is Microsoft using Games for Windows Live as a platform to try and neuter the PC platform in favor of the Xbox 360?"


Submission + - Quake Live: Mac and Linux coming next Tuesday (

AlexMax2742 writes: "Great news for those anxious gamers who have been waiting for a Linux and Mac version of Quake Live. They're both being released with next Tuesday's update, according to project lead Marty Stratton; who gave the release date at a press conference held at QuakeCon 2009. A video of the press conference is here courtesy of QuakeUnity, with 1up reporting it here."

Comment Re:Victory for Free Software Advocates (Score 1) 503

It's a victory for great free software applications that just so happen to use Mono. Mono often gets treated as a second class citizen because of its Microsoft roots, with zealots not wanting Microsoft's "unholy embrace" on Linux, whatever that's supposed to mean. Thankfully, there are sane people to defend it and because of this developers don't have to worry about their software not being included in a default install because they just so happened to pick Mono.

Also, how was my original post Flamebait?

Comment Re:But running windows would help (Score 1) 710

You're thinking about this the wrong way. Forget running Windows apps, why not have killer apps that are native to Linux and people would switch just to run, other stuff be damned.

It's been done before, (why else do you think linux servers are so popular?) but it's about time the Linux desktop had its own killer app.

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