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commit d1de207a1841eba399d7eecac554ae524a0a0bf1
parent ee65ccf0ed44fdb1d3df29e93ec3f1a5cc1b3d16
Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Fri, 12 Nov 2021 17:37:08 -0500

Update latest blog post with links and rewording about the SFC

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Mpages/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md | 30+++++++++++++++++++-----------
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diff --git a/pages/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md b/pages/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md @@ -9,7 +9,7 @@ <div class="byline"> <b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | <b>Posted:</b> 2021-11-08 | - <b>Last Updated:</b> 2021-11-08 + <b>Last Updated:</b> 2021-11-12 </div> <p class="note">I want to preface this by saying that I used to be a staunch @@ -367,18 +367,22 @@ existed_. Speaking of fading into irrelevancy, many of the Free Software institutions such as the Software Freedom Conservancy and Free Software Foundation Europe have -been reliant on GPL violation lawsuits as pretty much their sole means to exist. -It has gotten so bad that [the SFC have tried to bring lawsuits on behalf of the -users of GPL software](https://lwn.net/Articles/873415/); something which has -little basis in actual copyright law, but is the only option they have left when -companies either skillfully hide their GPL violations or the owners of GPL -software are unwilling to enforce their license against large opponents. No -wonder these institutions also tend to only go after small opponents from which -they can easily make money. Even very public [violations such as those committed -by +either been reliant on GPL violation lawsuits as one of their primary means to +exist, or have been relatively ineffective at carrying out their mandates with +regards to litigation. It has gotten so bad that [the SFC have tried to bring +lawsuits on behalf of the users of GPL +software](https://lwn.net/Articles/873415/); something which has little basis in +actual copyright law, but is the only option they have left when companies +either skillfully hide their GPL violations or the owners of GPL software are +unwilling to enforce their license against large opponents. A cursory glance on +the SFC's website reveals a lot of information about this Vizio lawsuit, but not +much information about previous lawsuits or successes. No wonder these +institutions also tend to only go after small opponents from which they can +continue to justify their existence. Even very public [violations such as those +committed by OnePlus](https://web.archive.org/web/20211108073317/https://github.com/OnePlusOSS/android_kernel_oneplus_sm8150/issues/13) have still gone unanswered for. If such violations are clearly allowed to -continue, what use even are these institutions? What use is the GPL? +continue with such ineffective enforcement, what use even is the GPL in reality? Regarding the quality of GNU software, outside of the ~~cult~~ community of Free Software, GNU code has a reputation of being resource-hungry, buggy, bloated, or @@ -495,3 +499,7 @@ consider checking out <a href="https://unixsheikh.com/articles/the-problems-with-the-gpl.html">The problems with the GPL</a> as well as <a href="/a-critique-of-free-software">A Critique of Free Software</a> both of which inspired this post.</p> + +<p class="note">You may also be interested in reading the [discussion on +Mastodon](https://bsd.network/web/@jbauer/107242760541269391) or the [discussion +on Lobste.rs](https://lobste.rs/s/dmh7qx/free_software_is_abject_failure).</p>