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Re: gEDA-user: Reinventing the wheel

On May 16, 2011, at 10:21 AM, DJ Delorie <dj@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>>>  Why not start with the existing
>>> tools and just rewrite the parts you're interested in?
>> License?
> True.  One of the benefits of the GPL is that people can bsae their
> work off existing work, but not everyone wants to offer that benefit
> to others.
Biggest determent to the open source is now GPLv3

Private companies are now turned away from GPLv3. As it has some nasty clauses in it for their IP.  In a perfect world this would not be an issue.  But lawyers can use that clause as a loophole to invalidate legitimate patents.

Big point here, I was talking to some of the google compilier guys and finding out that most of the big compiler guys around consider gcc to be a dead man walking, largely due to GPLv3 issues.  This is not limited to Google either, but includes Apple and many of the other players.  

The latest revision of the gpl threatens input from companies.  

Another reason to reinvent the wheel is when the wheel is not exactly what you need.

> I really don't feel bad for people who need to start from scratch due
> to a desire not to share their code, though.  Their choice, their
> pain.
Not the only reason,  I am more than willing to share code, even at no cost.  Although, I'm not selfish enough to demand that all of their work must be given freely to me.

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