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If I believed everything Stallman says he believes, I'd probably be afraid that the obsolescence of the flagship GPL products would over the long term spell the end of Free Software, and that in the long run a shift towards BSD-style software would leave us back where we were in the '90s: the best work from free software developers ends up absorbed into nonfree commercial software with no reciprocity, and so commercial software pushes free software back into the periphery.

I am not sure if it would spell the end, but it would reduce their influence. It is probably the most common GPL program included in non-GNU/Linux systems.

Truthfully, it is really a bad business decision not to send patches back to the original project. If you can get them adopted, it will save on maintenance (since everyone is maintaining your patch). It seems that companies that won't file patches back under BSD/MIT are not doing themselves any favors. Further, given the decision process at those companies, it is probably better that those patches don't get added to the mainline.

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