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SubjectRe: Why is Nvidia given GPL'd code to use in non-freedrivers?
On Mon, 06 Jan 2003, Andre Hedrick wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, Matthias Andree wrote:
>
> > On Sun, 05 Jan 2003, Richard Stallman wrote:
> >
> > > Developing programs does not "cost money"--that is just one way to do
> > > it. But sometimes a person is in a position where he can develop a
> > > certain program only if he makes it non-free to raise money. If you
> > > are in such a position, unless you are going to make the program free
> > > software soon after, then the best thing you can do is not develop it
> > > at all. Someone else will develop a free program to do the job.
> > > Freedom is worth the wait.
> >
> > Oh, but my backup can't just wait because the hard disk is
> > likely to die before someone comes up with a free software that does
> > better than Tivoli although this is sorta fragile on the systems I
> > maintain. Are you going to sponsor for RAID-1 for the meanwhile, until
> > the wait pays off?
>
> Well for a price you could back up around the world, and have unlimited
> amounts of storage per license and have unlimited (loads will limit the
> unlimited) clients and have interoporability today. But it is not free
> now, but stood a strong chance of happening in 6mo for the basics. The
> serious core costly features would take longer to recover. May 18mo of
> the next feature, and finally 36mo for the end game.
>
> This is in flux now because ....

Just in case: this was directed towards Richard Stallman, and was meant
to convey the idea that free software of the future doesn't solve the
problem I have today.


Andre, your efforts, ideas and projects are much appreciated, and I've
seen them underestimated, and while I have often (in private, without
telling anyone, luckily) suspected they wouldn't work out that well,
they all proved me wrong and worked MUCH better than I expected.

Don't let your work get peed on by people who want you out of business
or who don't recognize your achievements.

--
Matthias Andree
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