|In reply to Comment 87 (Fabio Alemagna):|
"Why, why should people reserve for you so much friendliness, why should they do to you a so big favour, when your whole stance torwads the GPL is questionable, to say the least?"
I would do it for something that the world seems to be running out of: politeness, courtesy, education. We all are humans and exposed to make errors. What if the person who posted a GPL'ed prog simply forgot about it? Are we REALLY sure that he did it intentionally? Should be him crucified in a public forum for a small mistake? First write to him, and if he persist in the error -and then it's not an error, but intentional-, then make it public and/or report it to the copyright holder.
Of course, it's a different question if the REAL reasons to bring the issue to a public forum is not to warn about a GPL misuse, but to discredit the person who did it.
Some anonymous poster stated something that was not true, or at least inaccurated, regarding UBoot GPL license and its non-inclusion on CVS tree, and HJF already explained the reason for this. To say that your whole stance torwads the GPL is questionable, to say the least is, to say the least, questionable :¬) The GNU GP License is clear on what and what not can be done. If you or anyone have any doubt about it, you can ask about it either the person who is supossedly breaking the GPL (he could give unexpected explanations, like the one HJF gave), or the GNU authorities themselves at email@example.com. What I do not find fair is to expose the question in a public forum without having tried the other possibilities before.
It's not a real interest about GPL misuse -I cannot see any reference to GPL misuse of any Windows prog, and I guess there are plenty of them if you are really interested in GPL, not to mention other systems...-, it's an interest to drag someone to the mud.
I have a GREAT respect for Bernie Meyer, for his work and for the way he posts, always in a very polite and reasoned way, but even if his intentions were good, not wanting to do any harm to anyone, he gave 'life' to the trolls rantings. Not that he was not right, because he WAS right, some files were missing licensing texts or sources, but I think it has not been a good idea to post his findings in a mud-throwing thread... But, as I said before, we all are exposed to make mistakes at any time: I make many every day... well, at least it's what my wife says... ;¬)