Nothing good will ever come of Exophase.
- Sep 21, 2006
- Cleveland OH
Ask Bible thumping Christians what they think about shellfish sometime Now mind you, I hardly think there's any call to follow FSF's philosophy wholesale or not, as if there's claim it all comes from some divine source, it's just that it somehow often ends up being portrayed that way anyway. I guess the thing I really wanted to and should have said is that that article may seem over the top but I have yet to find an FSF article that doesn't.The difference is that in this case I'm defending a different position than the one that is written in my supposed "holy book".
Okay, it sounds like you're saying you're okay with selling GPLed software if it's on a physical medium so as to cover distribution costs, but last post you said you were okay with those distros selling for profit. Which is it? If it's really for profit who cares where they sell it?The FSF may not have a problem with people selling other people's GPL'ed software, and neither do I when you're talking about things like distro DVDs where the distro also has a website where you can download everything and its sources. But when you're talking about taking one program and selling it online (e.g. on Google Play or the iOS appstore), that's something different in my view, and I do have a problem with it. Maybe the FSF and I have a different position there, and the fact that the article is still on their website indicates that that is the case, but I'm just pointing out that the article was written in a different time - when CD-ROMs were still the main distribution medium for software - and that maybe they should update it and clarify their position.
How does buying something instead of downloading it for free make you bad at sharing? Are you saying that it's everyone's personal duty to redistribute software? Because if so that sounds pretty asinine. Stop blaming the people who pay for stuff when you want to blame the people who sell it.OK, I'm sorry, it was not nice of me to call people who pay for GPL'ed software without having the intention to support the authors of the software, and not because they want it on a physical storage medium because their network bandwidth does not suffice, "stupid". That is indeed not the correct description. They are not necessarily stupid. They are just spectacularly bad at sharing.
If it's a pay app (remember, that's what we're talking about) with any significant number of sales and reviews that aren't full of "don't buy this it's ad-infested malware!" then it's probably not ad-infested malware.If you think however that just because you download something from Google Play, it is guaranteed not to be ad-infested malware, then I do think you're stupid indeed .