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gnu software opinion
I was looking at a release of a Mozilla clone that is gnu. "Cool", I thought, "I can get rid of the proprietary blobs and telemetry." Reading further though it also blocks the installation of third-party plugins. And that's my problem with a lot of gnu software. It doesn't trust me to make good decisions and structurally enforces a set of values and ethics. I often agree with those values and ethics, but I don't need an authority strictly enforcing them for me.
And of course:
- license proliferation is bad and licenses do nothing unless you actually enforce them, which most co-ops probably can't do against big commercial entities anyways so this is just a thought experiment.
A few more thoughts this mroning:
- It would not meet the OSIs definition of Open Source (but it's the same for non-commercial use and who put OSI in charge of words anyways?)
- Unlike using AGPL and selling exceptions this doesn't make it unusable by people who don't want to re-license their project
- It has an issue where if someone else uses your software non-commercially then someone uses their software commercially they miss that yours is buried in the dependency chain
Although I don't know what it means for a contributor to be able to use it commercially. Do they get to use it in any software that's not also cooperatively governed? Only in cooperative software made in their individual capacity? Do contributors to their software who get to exploit that software for commercial gain also by extension get to use the original upstream software? Does this make that clause effectively useless?
Maybe it would be deliberately vague. Like it's just a BSD style license except it has an extra clause that says "Commercial use by for-profit entities is forbidden except by members of the cooperative as defined in the bylaws." Then you can specify that contributors are members automatically, other co-ops can become a member for free at the discretion of the co-op, or anyone can buy in. Or maybe it's best to let other cooperative software use it without becoming a member first.
I generally don't like "viral" license that restrict software use, but I keep thinking about what a "cooperative" software license would look like. Would it restrict use to only members and other software being developed according to the statement on cooperative identity? What about non-profits that aren't operated cooperatively? Would it use some legal definition of "cooperative software" or co-ops as a business vehicle (in places where there is such a thing)?
Music recommendation for the next #BandcampFriday: "Capitol Cuts - Live at Studio A" by Black Pumas.
public transport opinion
Okay self-driving cars seem like a really good idea, but I don't think they're ready to use on the open roads yet. I'd suggest keeping them on a fixed route where no other vehicles can go to minimize risk of collision.
We should probably have fixed places where people can get on and off. The cars come in, open their doors, let people enter and exit, and then continue on their journey.
Speaking of which, we should probably also make them larger to increase efficiency and again, to minimize risk of accidents.
We could even couple several of them together into one combined vehicle.
And since they're only going on a fixed route anyway, it makes more sense to use steel wheels on steel rails instead of rubber on asphalt.
I know it's an outlandish concept, but I'm convinced it might work really well if we ever get to try it out on a large scale
Cooperator , Atlantan, probably wants to be out backpacking ⛺🥾 or mountain biking 🚵.
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