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osOpinion: Why BSD is more free than GPL is

Dec 29, 1999, 05:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Stanley)

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"I've thought about the BSD License and GPL, and I've concluded that BSD is the most free intellectual license around. BSD allows anyone the freedom of doing whatever one wishes with BSD code. BSD allows reward through money from proprietary work or the zero cost to great software. I also like the GPL because I can get good stuff for free, but BSD also does the same. The programming language Eiffel is available under both licenses (at tucows). BSD and GPL are good for consumers, particularly students and developing countries. Entrepreneurs who provide great software need payment for that work to make a living. GPL reminds me of the hippie movement and its idealism...."

"The GPL is ahead of its time. Perhaps the interest in GPL software and Wall Streets frenzy over Linux stocks will wane if pure Linux companies can't earn the expected profits that inflated their Initial Public Offerings, or if amateur developers, like the hippies (who became yuppies), get frustrated and jaded over money they could have earned and someone else is earning off their work. I'm certain the GPL is here to stay and will always be the interest of hackers and students developing portfolios of GPL contributions to present to future employers. When the day comes for that Star Trek economy, the GPL may be the one and only license...."

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