Are you sure the above is what it seems (i.e. an open accusation plainly stating that the "GNU-guys" are thieves)?
Possibly you might want to rephrase or however explain the above undoubtedly severe statement, which I personally find utterly unmotivated and highly offensive to both the addressed category and to the traditional "friendliness" of this board.
Not any open-source freeware is GNU. There are a lot of other licenses.
I don't really appreciate GNU ideology. They state "free not
as free bear". I personally prefer "free bear"
If somebody begins selling the bear you gave him for free, what would you say? - Sorry, no free bear for you anymore
Though MS should be excluded for the sake of "robbing the rich to provide for the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny"
Often stealing an idea is not a crime, it's just unethical.
You can't reliably protect an idea
unless you don't share it.
"Steal the idea" = "take the idea and use or publish it without author's permission and reference".
Legality of such action highly depends on the application area and local law.
Unfortunately meaning of "stealing" is rather wide from "borrowing" (without permission) to "committing theft".
I remeber, comments in some open-sources like "the idea stolen from ..."
I'd never imagine it could sound as "undoubtedly severe statement".
Have you ever asked your friend if he stole your pen? (= did you take my pen?)
Finally, I decided to replace it with "grabbed"
I edited the post.
BTW, by "GNU-guys" a mentioned agressive adepts of GNU-ideology, see http://www.gnu.org/l...cense-list.htmlhttp://www.gnu.org/p...hy/free-sw.html
I called them aggressive because they discorage people from using licenses, which don't fit their "philosophy".
GNU foundation stated: "We want to invite business to use the whole GNU system".
My personal position on freeware is this:
- All software should be free for non-profit and personal use.
- All programmers should be fed, sheltered, and PC+Internet provided for free
But that's just a dream...