If most developers contribute to open-source projects because they want to, rather than because they're forced to, why do we have the GNU General Public License?
That's the question that hit me last night as I tried to sleep in the shadow of Richard Stallman's MIT. Stallman, of course, originated the GPL, a brilliant way to turn copyright on its head in order to force software to remain open.
But in the process, did Stallman simply create an alternative way to release proprietary software?
I'm not trying to be cute here. Think about it. If you … Read more