Today, we are doing systems programming instead — The real thing. In particular, we’ll react to the full text of GPLv1, regarded by many as the cr

Reacting To The GPL License

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Today, we are doing systems programming instead — The real thing. In particular, we’ll react to the full text of GPLv1, regarded by many as the cradle of human civilization.

The GPLv2 license powers the Linux kernel and many components of the GNU system and its many distributions, such as Arch, Alpine, and so on. But there’s no sequel without the prequel.

To put things in context, 1989 was a turning point in political history with the “Revolutions of 1989,” which ended communism in the Eastern Block. Indeed, the fall of the Berlin Wall would occur just nine months after the release of GPLv1.

To be clear, I will not tamper with the text in this article, even if I’m tempted to do it to see if the FSF has the guts to send their legal team.

I joke, of course. tar was originally developed at AT&T Bell Labs. And for any intimidated newbie, the tool is easy to use if you follow this cheat sheet:

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