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Stewart Brodie wrote: "That in itself is not the problem. The problem is the infectious nature of the licence, which is why many companies will not touch any GPL software at all in the first place (including my current employer and past employers)."

The problem is really that the term "infectious" implies that, when companies fall foul of the license, it's at best accidental and at worst the fault of the license. People make conscious decisions about the software they use to get their jobs done, and many people claim that the license is "infectious" to explain away ignorance about licensing issues or negligence when people are put under pressure to meet deadlines.

Show us a license that achieves the same aims as the GPL, but isn't "infectious".

Back on topic: I can understand why you in your professional capacity might not want to see RISC OS relicensed under the GPL. After all, I suppose there are various companies that probably want to use RISC OS, perhaps in consulting projects, and who feel that it would be to their disadvantage to let their clients see the source. I would have thought that the selling point of RISC OS for some of those companies is the experience and expertise of their employees rather than the ownership of the operating system itself.

 is a RISC OS Userdavidb on 02/08/06 12:47AM
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