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Meanwhile the internet is run almost singlehandedly on the back on the Linux kernel.

Proprietary software developers calling the GPL “restrictive” never fails to crack me up (also, the GPL - unlike their EULAs - does not govern use at all, only distribution - it is a copyright license).

Every time this topic comes up I am reminded of the post by Tom Preston-Werner (GitHub founder), which I like to think of as “the anti-GNU Manifesto”: open source (almost) everything - the “almost everything” being, in his words, anything that does not “represent core business value.” Predictably, Preston-Werner also complains that the GPL is “too restrictive” - in his world, open source exists only to support the proprietary software business.

Not surprisingly, the “GitHub school” of open source leads to strong frameworks and dev tools, and not much else (because all the “valuable” stuff is kept proprietary). It’s like the reverse of “skipping leg day.”

Proprietary software developers calling the GPL “restrictive” never fails to crack me up

cough Steve Ballmer cough


I feel those in whatever you’d call the general opem source community that stand against the GPL are the perfect example of “freedom” loving libertarian techbros. They can’t stand the idea that something could restrict their desire to do whatever they want at the expense of others.

Libre software allows everyone to own the software in some capacity without the ability to suck it for profit.

GPL haters just don’t understand how stuff works, that’s all.

They must be mispelling AGPL…


how many cocks do you need to suck to not like gpl like the commenter?

What is libre culture?

Libre culture is all about empowering people. While the general philosophy stems greatly from the free software movement, libre culture is much broader and encompasses other aspects of culture such as music, movies, food, technology, etc.

Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:

  • That copyright should expire after a certain period of time.
  • That knowledge should be available to people, not locked away.
  • That no entity should have unjust control or possession of others.
  • That mass surveillance is about mass control, not justice.
  • That we can all band together to help liberate each other.

Check out this link for more.


I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.

  • Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.

  • Please keep posts generally on topic

  • No NSFW content

  • When sharing a Libre project, please include the name of its license in the title. For example: “Project name and summary (GPL-3.0)”

Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.

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