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09.18.20

Keith Packard: Richard Stallman Was Right (About the GPL)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GPL, Videos at 2:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Full talk: “A Political History of X” – Keith Packard (LCA 2020)

Summary: A 2020 video (before lock-downs) from the brain behind X11 and various lesser-known projects

Further to Somebody Needs to Talk About Free Software Politics,” here’s a portion from this year’s talk given by the venerable Keith Packard. “A Political History of X” was the talk’s title and a portion is dedicated to Free software.

“Packard has a number of good things to say about the GPL, which he’s choosing for his latest projects (GPLv3 or later).”The interesting part, which figosdev gave us a tip about, regards the choice of licence and software freedom. After speaking about X11 and the challenging person (“challenging individual to get along with”) who Richard Stallman was, Packard said about Stallmsn that “he really was right, we have to remember that…” (regarding the GPL).

Packard has a number of good things to say about the GPL, which he’s choosing for his latest projects (GPLv3 or later).

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