Rick Bilonick wrote: > Opensource software only exists because some people believe it's a good > thing. Many software businesses, particularly the ones you probably most disagree with, love the Open Source movement because it legitimizes their existence and approves of their monopolistic behavior by disguising it as a public service. The Open Source Initiative gives licenses like the APSL v1 the same imprimatur as the GNU GPL or new BSD license. No difference is drawn to highlight which licenses are more liberal in their terms, or which preserve the freedoms of free software for everyone in derivative works. > I have no problem with proprietary software and I don't care if > people use it. What I do care about is having some companies trying to > outlaw opensource so they can have a monopoly. You're supporting contradictory motivations. All proprietors are monopolies. Furthermore, if given the opportunity, they will expand their market to outlaw competitors. They can't all afford the legal mechanisms available to achieve that end (they can't all afford to acquire software patents, for instance).