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SubjectRE: Nvidia and its choice to read the GPL "differently"


Saw you here and thought I'd remind you. I got under your skin quite a
few years back cos I wrote this perl-based cscope which I released for
free - with a modified BSD licence stating that no one in pakistan or no
person of pakistani nationality could use it and that this licence could
not be modified to allow pakis to use it. You might ask why I did that ?
Well, I am an Indian and I thought I'd just needle some pakis cos they
are such nincompoops. Anyways, 9/11 proved me right that pakis (+
saudis) suck ass big time.

Getting back to open-licence software, if you hadn't been such a
nitpicking ideologue, the free s/w world would have had a cscope at
least 2 years earlier than it did. I gave you my version of a "free"
licence, and you didn't like it one bit! That was the OTHER reason I did
it. To prove a point to you, that EVEN in a Free software world, there
might be some other price to be paid.

A full-freedom software world might turn out to be a grey tasteless
odourless flavourless communist world. Even free s/w needs competition
to keep it on its toes, and money is the best damned motivation for
normal people! While everyone, including me, appreciates what you've
achieved in the past, your intransigence over your untenable extreme
views on software freedom is the primary reason why you are losing
ground everyday with your own supporters. Think about it.

Ranjeet Shetye

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of
> Christoph Hellwig
> Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 1:28 PM
> To: Richard Stallman
> Cc:;;
> Subject: Re: Nvidia and its choice to read the GPL "differently"
> On Fri, Jan 03, 2003 at 03:31:07PM -0500, Richard Stallman wrote:
> > If you call the system "Linux", you are misinforming other people:
> > teaching them a false picture of the system's history.
> Some of them
> > may become so attached to the false picture that it distorts their
> > thinking. If you call it "GNU/Linux", this won't happen.
> The term Linux for the whole system might be inaccurate, but
> it's what is used and as long as the owner of the name Linux
> (Linus) doesn't complain that's fine. Calling it GNU/Linux
> is 1984-style changing of history, though.

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