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SubjectRe: Why is Nvidia given GPL'd code to use in closed source drivers?
I almost missed the best laugh I've had in a while.  Thanks
so much. I'm sure it wasn't intentional on your part and i
don't wish to belittle your poor English but you might wish
to work on it. It is not my habit to make fun of the
mistakes of others.

On Fri, Jan 03, 2003 at 09:19:49PM +0000, Marco Monteiro wrote:
> I ask you some questions.
> You make software. You have a business model, to make money, where you
> sell software. The software that you sell is NOT Free. Imagine, now,
> that you change the business model, continuing to make money, where the
> software you produce is Free. Wouldn't it be better?
> In the end, the fundamental question is: Wouldn't it be a better world
> if all software was Free and people continued to make money in other
> ways? You know the advantages and disadvantages of Free Software, so
> answer this question and you will understand my point of view.
> Of course, I understand your point of view too. You think you can't make
> money any other way other than sell non-Free Software. But maybe, just
> maybe, that is possible, even for those that make games and don't see
> any other possibility.
> You understand now why I say that Free Software is good and non-Free
> Software is bad?
> I'm a pacifist. If I where called to fight, I would not do it. I would
> not fight for my country, because I don't believe in war, no matter
> what. I believe no one should fight. You may say it is a bad position:
> my country can be invaded, etc. and I must defende it. I say NO, I WILL
> NOT FIGHT. I am convicted that no one should fight and I tell every body
> they should not fight. I tell you: Don't fight. I believe the world
> would be better if there were no wars. Most people would probably say
> that I'm a fool, or maybe a wimp, but that is my philosophy.
> The same with Free Software. I believe in Free Software, I think that
> every body should make their software Free. Maybe I'm just an asshole,
> but if I am, at least, I'm an asshole with convictions. And I'm
> convinced that the world would be a better place if ALL software was
> Free Software.

I think he meant "everybody". The word "everyone" would
have completely avoided the double entendre. I should note
that in a draft you could be convicted. Not every country
tolerates conscientious objectors and even the U.S. has
rather stringent requirements for that status. And no, i
don't consider anyone who actually stands by such principles
when the going gets tough a wimp.

J.W. Schultz Pegasystems Technologies
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