Vanishing Features of the 2.6 Kernel
Subject:   Arrogance in action
Date:   2002-12-17 07:53:57
From:   anonymous2
Remember when the FUD-o-matics at M$ said that the GPL is a "viral license"? Well, this is exactly the thing they were talking about.

What are you all thinking? Sure, I can see that anything provied with the stock kernel should be open sourced (GPL, BSD, whatever). Why do you care about the rest? Leave my freedom be.

As a driver developer I am in the situation of trying to justify the time I spend getting my company's hardware to work under Linux. The simple choice is closed source driver or no driver. The Linux kernel developers are *consistently* saying they would prefer nothing. Keep it up and that's what you will get...nothing.

No driver development, no apps being ported, no support, and no one in the business world will really care.

What you people are doing is just like what M$ did in the 80's and 90's. Give people a good, flexible, powerful alternative to the current offerings. Then once you have consolidated your power force everyone to do things your way.

That doesn't sound "free" to me...hell, it doesn't even sound ethical.