On cracking linux apps

It’s come to my attention that quite a few of The Kids out there who use Linux are fishing for a crack for Codeweavers’ crossover plugin.
Should we see their closed source company as just another that keeps information from being free, regardless of the fact that they’re producing resources for Linux?
No – I don’t think so.
Perhaps those programmers in minnesota aren’t really starving, but the codeweavers company isn’t their hobby, it’s their job.
Pragmatically, the Linux user still end up well ahead, financially speaking, compared to the Windows/Mac user. With a good net connection and a CDRW the whole Linux OS can be got for free, paying an extra $50 AUD isn’t too much to ask to veiw Quicktime etc.
If you really believe in free software and can’t do without your Quicktime, then go learn about WINE, join their development community and help create an open-sourced alternative to Crossover.
These young-uns have got the wrong attitude. If you want to use the crossover plugin without the nag-screens, then buy it. If you don’t want to – then don’t use it, and if you’re trawling for crackz – then you might as well go back to Windows. A crack still leaves you in the dark as to how the application works. If you’re not interested in how it works, or the importance of the principle of being able to find out how it works, then go back to Windows.

name: supruzr
url: http://
date: 2002-11-12-22-07
I think you’re full of shit, because, you see, Crossover *DOES* use WinE code. It’s a closed source fork. Do you really think it’s ethical to take an open source project, totally rip off all the code, then make the result closed source? I don’t. That’s leeching. Sure, running a crack with no knowledge of how it works is not conducive to an intelligent linux community, but then neither is gaining monetary profit by stealing open source material. Do some research before you preach. Freeloaders have destroyed dumber systems than the open source movement.
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name: yak sox
email: yaksox@spouting.net
url: www.spouting.net
date: 2002-11-13-11-54
This is from the page, ‘why you shouldn’t use the LGPL license for your next library’;
“The GNU Project has two principal licenses to use for libraries. One is the GNU Library GPL; the other is the ordinary GNU GPL. The choice of license makes a big difference: using the Library GPL permits use of the library in proprietary programs; using the ordinary GPL for a library makes it available only for free programs.”
WINE runs under the LGPL, and presumably they chose that license for a reason.
Ethics don’t enter into it – Codeweavers are utilising a resource that’s perfectly okay to use.
If you can’t respect other people’s right to make money from selling a product, then don’t expect anyone else to respect your right to believe that software should be free.

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