minor but semi-triumphant thought on gpl v3

More thoughts on gpl v3 later, but a quick thought from skimming through some of the online comments:

The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed to take away your freedom to share and change the works. — the second sentence of the license, emphasis mine

I don’t understand the word “most” on the preamble. Is it really true that most software has non-free licenses? When the preamble was originally written this made sense, for sure, but now it sounds unnecessarily pessimist. — a comment

I’m not quite as optimistic as the commenter (a majority is probably still proprietary), but man… the GPL has come a long way that he can say something like that and not be completely out of his mind.

Replacing ‘most’ with ‘many’, or even just ‘proprietary’, would be a wonderfully appropriate way to capture and celebrate the change that GPL v2 has wrought over the past 16 years.