Re: [dwm] Freedom (was: Re: sic ipv6 patch)

From: Matthias Kirschner <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 15:43:14 +0200

* Sander van Dijk <> [2008-05-20 14:20:31 +0200]:

> On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 12:44 PM, Sylvain Bertrand
> <> wrote:
> > On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 12:31 PM, Sander van Dijk <> wrote:
> >> The discussion wasn't about whether or not GPL provides freedom, the
> >> discussion was about the amount of freedom. If most likely everyone
> >> would agree that public domain provides more freedom than GPL, then
> >> I'd think that the same people would also agree that MIT/BSD fit
> >> between PD and GPL in the amount of freedom they provide. Any other
> >> conclusion would seem odd to me.
> >
> > What do you think about the freedom to remove the freedom from the code?
> That's not possible. When someone uses (parts of) dwm in a closed
> source product, dwm itself remains as free as ever. Nothing, not even
> its authors, can change that (well, the authors can change it for
> future releases, but not for past releases anyway).

Why do you think a user who gets DWM in a binary on some device knows a)
that this is DWM and b) knows that DWM is licensed under MIT? So this
user does not have the freedom to use, study, share and improve the

Best wishes,
Received on Tue May 20 2008 - 15:52:36 UTC

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