Gordon Messmer wrote:
I have never seen any reason to believe that Ken and Dennis have ever been interested in Free Software.
In most companies, the employees who create things do not own them and a different set of people would determine the licensing. So that's kind of irrelevant.
I personally object to the statement that GNU is an evolution of a movement started by Ken and Dennis because it implies that they were or are involved in the development of Free Software.
Their work was certainly the cause of much cooperative free software development and my impression is that they were "involved" in making it happen at the universities even if their own code wasn't free at the time (but maybe you could find some of it in OpenSolaris now).
> I'd love be shown wrong, as I have a great deal of respect
for their technical achievements, and would only respect them more if they were a part of the Free Software community.
If you stop thinking of free software as something that can't co-exist with and be combined with non-free code (which really only applies to GPL-encumbered code) the way things developed would make more sense.
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