>> The example of those countries show nicely how FOSS, and Linux in
particular, lower the barriers to entry and allow everyone in the
world to contribute to the technology. Capital infrastructure may
become less important than the intellectual, and this can't be bad.
thanks for informed comment on this important and increasingly important
topic, internationalization and Open Source. In responding to recent posts
about licensure and policy for Open Source in government the realization has
come to me that GPL is the catch point. GPL is right for the OS project
Linux and the Unix toolkit that FSF/Stallman maintains, and it is right for
beginners to then see how more tailored licensure just might be required,
and any recommendation of GPL aught to include that disclaimer, that more
tailored licensure may eventually be required. Remember Stallman's
consternation when Linux came along upstaging his attempts at an OS. He
formulated GPL in attempts to liberate the ATT Unix interface. It is not
right to hold someone to the history of events however. I enjoy the
proprietary software as much because of the business stories associated with
them, because the meaning of proprietary software is often to provide a box
for the customer - that free software doesn't even contemplate.
Japan has the Ruby project which John used to post about, and I know he is
still active in Ruby activities.
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