Jeremy makes a persuasive argument for LGPL

Brett Glass brett at
Fri Feb 15 13:32:01 CST 2002

At 12:19 PM 2/15/2002, Sylvain Petreolle wrote:

>Time of reinventing the wheel in every program is over

Exactly the opposite is true. When the (L)GPL is stamped
onto code, every commercial programmer must reinvent 
the wheel rather than using it. Many of these programmers
work for small businesses that are trying to compete
with behemoths such as Microsoft, and will not have the
resources to survive if they must reimpelement. Microsoft,
however, has virtually infinite resources and thus CAN
reimplement whatever it wants. Microsoft is not hurt;
its competitors are.

The (L)GPL is Microsoft's best friend. That's why the
company sent a representative to the O'Reilly Open
Source Conference last year to say negative things about
those licenses. Microsoft knew very well that this would
incite the somewhat fanatical proponents of these licenses
to generate more code under them, killing the competition.
An execellent example of reverse psychology at work.


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