User talk:Wildpossum

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Welcome to Open Circuits, Wildpossum.

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Welcome. --DavidCary 12:01, 12 September 2008 (PDT)

Dear Wildpossum,

Someone recently posted to our Main Page the claim that

"You need to be aware that certain licencing may curtail you from commericalizing or using your development in the market. The GNU General Public License is one such licence,"

That seems to contradict the GPL FAQ, which says

Does the GPL allow me to sell copies of the program for money?
Yes, the GPL allows everyone to do this. The right to sell copies is part of the definition of free software. Except in one special situation, there is no limit on what price you can charge. (The one exception is the required written offer to provide source code that must accompany binary-only release.)

The GNU people go on to say

We encourage people who redistribute free software to charge as much as they wish or can. If this seems surprising to you, please read on. -- "Selling Free Software"

The GPL doesn't seem to curtail Linksys from commercializing their Linksys WRT54G series routers.

What can we do about this apparent contradiction?

--DavidCary 12:01, 12 September 2008 (PDT)