ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore"
Subject:   Won't be able to compete?
Date:   2005-09-24 17:46:12
Response to: Won't be able to compete? writes, "And this is why Microsoft's proprietary Windows operating system has 85% of the desktop market and Linux has about 8%?"

Nice troll; well not really. You're completely ignoring historical facts with this statement. You should be looking at the increasing numbers of non-MS desktop on the market that are based on FOSS technology.

Oh, so it's trolling to point out that the current, entire world-wide penetration of FOSS desktops is less than 15%. Looks like it's someone who, in the words of Jack Nickolson, "you can't handle the truth!" The stark reality is that FOSS has only been able to prevent vendor lock in because of licenses like GPL/LCPL, which prevent distributed software from being made closed. Apple's (current) OS is not an FOSS; it is a closed-source OS even though most of it comes from BSD, which isn't under a license which prevents closure.