I must say that I disagree with both hosts of on the Github acquisition and Google SoC.

Indeed Github was never free, but it was an independent company, now it's in the hands of *the* historical enemy of free software. That's worrying, because alternatives do not really exist. We were too busy enjoying the PR workflow to really think about it. Niche alternatives won't replace the large community there, and most of these people don't care at all about freedom. So it's a loss.


@how It is definitely a loss that so many people in free software don't care about freedom.

(See also: The popularity of permissive licenses)


@CharredStencil Yes, here "permissive" means "submissive to market appropriation". Choosing a so-called permissive license is allowing corporations to restrict further cooperation : granting people the right to restrict your freedom is not permissive, it's masochistic.

On the other hand so-called "restrictive" licenses only restrict other people from restricting your freedom.

We should revolt against the inversion of meaning so prominent in contemporary propaganda. Orwell warned us.

@how @CharredStencil Too many folks thought the warning was a great idea.

@how @CharredStencil well that's sadly the most common effect of permissive licenses.

But they do have the virtue of being cross-compatible other all free software licenses, permissive or not, which is often a problem w copyleft. ZFS licensing was never a problem with BSD systems.

@how @CharredStencil yes - it's a matter of perspective - from whose perspective is it permissive? A rapacious corporation's or an end users'? That's the key difference.

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