Subject: Re: "The balkanization of Linux becomes a reality."
To: Mason Loring Bliss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU>
Date: 06/07/1999 12:36:48
> The GPL is only restrictive in that it does not allow one to take
> code into a proprietary state.
I actually have no strong opinion on whether a software license should
try to restrict proprietary changes or not, but I dislike the GPL
because of a small clause which no one talks about much (and which a
lot of people ignore, including us):
a. You must cause the modified files to carry prominent notices
stating that you changed the files and the date of any change.
I find this pretty restrictive. Anybody but the copyright holder of
the software has to maintain a prominent version history inside the
file. Which is a real pain if you're also maintaining a version
history in CVS or whatnot.