[Oberon] Introduce myself (on "public domain")

oberon at x.colbyrussell.com oberon at x.colbyrussell.com
Fri Feb 22 17:45:08 CET 2019

On 2/22/19 9:24 AM, John R. Strohm wrote:
 > Colby, Liam's language is correct, as far as it goes.

No, that's (verifiably) untrue.  Copyleft (reciprocity) is not a
prerequisite for a license to be considered a free software license.

I repeat myself: permissive licenses such as Apache 2.0 and the
incarnations that the BSDs are using in 2019 are free software licenses.
That's true.  This isn't a victim of equivocation, because I'm using
Stallman's definition.

(Incidentally, the Project Oberon license that Wirth et al have chosen
is for the same reasons *also* a free software license.)

 > You really should familiarize yourself with the Free Software body of
 > knowledge, and WHY Stallman et al insisted on doing it the way they did.

I'm incredibly familiar with this topic.

I suggest, instead, that maybe you post to the GNU/FSF mailing lists, or
perhaps write to RMS himself--he's accessible, and responds to emails,
although sometimes he's got a big backlog--and they can point you to the
volumes of written and spoken word on this topic that contradicts what
you're trying to say here.

I don't know what I'm more annoyed by: the FSF's detractors who haven't
done their research and promulgate distortions of the FSF's position, or
the subset of its supporters who, for reasons I don't understand, are
just as unfamiliar and end up distorting just as much.

Really, please consult the FSF on this by writing to them or reviewing
any of their published materials.

Colby Russell

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