Re: licence issues

From: Sven LUTHER (
Date: Thu Apr 22 1999 - 08:40:57 MET DST

Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 08:40:57 +0200
From: Sven LUTHER <>
To: Xavier Leroy <>,
Subject: Re: licence issues
In-Reply-To: <>; from Xavier Leroy on Tue, Apr 20, 1999 at 10:23:36AM +0200

On Tue, Apr 20, 1999 at 10:23:36AM +0200, Xavier Leroy wrote:
> > This is the standard theory of open source economics and I think
> > it's mostly true.
> I'm familiar with that theory. By the way, my yougest baby,
> LinuxThreads, is under the LGPL. But it's not a research project,
> just a hobby. The open source economics don't take into account a
> number of factors that are important for research, such as:
> - The need to maintain some competitive edge in order to justify one's
> existence (research that doesn't have any edge over what others are
> doing is a contradiction in terms);

To support Xavier Leroy here, even the FSF admit that open source models are
not adapted for software that is on the leading edge of technology, altough
they mostly cite voice recognition and other such stuff, i think this apply
also to research based software.

Perhaps a 'research' specific 'free' license would advance this thread ...



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