Sorry, TechDirt apparently strips anything following an open angle bracket. Someone needs 3 whacks with the eager-sanitization stick.
* "open source programming languages" -- who said anything about programming languages? This is open-source software.
* "Under the GNU" -- It's the Apache License, not the GPL (if that's what you meant to refer to)
* "you have to distribute it for free if you release the code to the public" -- You have deeply misunderstood the GPL. It's the other way around. Sort of. And the GPL places no burden on the original author, only on licensees.