Matthew Miller wrote:
On Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 08:45:35AM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
Sometimes the truth is funny... By design, there is no legal way to
distribute a combination of GPL'd code and anything with different
restrictions. So, whatever number of software patents exist, plus the
And unfortunately, even though I suspect that many people would very
much like a legal distribution based on Linux that could include all the
parts necessary to be a viable competitor to Microsoft, the GPL will
always prevent it from happening.
That's a funny place to put the blame.
That's clearly not true, as a substantial portion of Fedora consists of code
with licenses with different restrictions than those of the GPL.
Yes, those substantial portions contain no GPL code at all.
But, this claim seems unrelated to your earlier one, about being "a viable
I'd consider OSX to be a viable competitor to Windows, but would assume
that their kernel contains components that are not compatible with the
GPL. Until someone demonstrates an equally complete Linux system, I'll
continue to assume that it is impossible - and I'll keep using OSX and
Windows where I need it.