Proprietary is fine. There is nothing wrong with buying software.This is the type of cognitive dissonance I only seem to find in the reasoning of BSD advocates, proprietary is just fine and dandy while GPL is somehow bad?
GPL is not necessarily bad either. It has some strategic uses (e.g. see how Oracles sells BDB or how Nokia sells Qt). It's bad for developers though, and for several reasons listed in this thread and discussed in Phoronix articles. I personally don't subscribe to the GPL idea of freedom either and as a developer, I would rather not surrender my right to license choice. In my eyes, GPL is not free because it deprives developers their freedom to choose their own license. Of course, I have a choice not to link with GPL software and either have to find more permissive software, or write my own (and writing your own when a solution already exists is a tragedy!).
You're a Linux/GPL/freetard zealot. You're probably just a luser and don't write software or have any experience with the license problems from either an open source or corporate point of view.It makes no sense. Now I don't agree with the notion that everything has to be open source, but I can understand it logically from a 'philosophical' standpoint, I don't agree that everything should be proprietary, but I can understand it logically from a 'corporate' standpoint.
But saying that from an open source perspective, proprietary is fine but GPL is somehow bad? You'd really have to be either a proprietary troll or a pure-bread BSD zealot to reach such a conclusion.
Hey, the companies have the right to choose how their intellectual property is to be used. They pay the software developers to write the code. It is intellectual property of the company and not the developers. Just like contractors who work on your house don't automatically have a right to enter your house at will (OK, it's not exactly the same situation).If you accept the notion that programmers want money in exchange for their code, how could you possibly not accept the notion that programmers want to have changes made to their code available to them in exhange? This is what they get with GPL.
If a company wishes to open source their software or work on GPL codebases, that is their choice and don't you forget it. You should not feel entitled. It is by the graces of the software developers/companies that you get anything at all.