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Librenix: The BSD License & the GPL: Why we need both

Jun 12, 2000, 17:28 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Morris McGee)

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"Into the ongoing debate, 'The GPL versus the BSD license', I'd like add yet another opinion. I agree with the positive points claimed by both sides, but I don't generally agree with the negative ones directed at the opposition. That is, I think that both licenses have strong points that the other lacks, and further, that the two actually complement each other when both are applied to products in the same market. We need them both."

"The license to choose, of course, depends on your goals. The BSDL is less restrictive and is, therefore, more free. The GPL, while less free, guarantees that published derivitive works retain the original set of freedoms (and restrictions). Therefore, if you want maximum freedom for the licensee, the BSDL is best. If you want guaranteed access to the source of future published code, the GPL is best. In practice, each allows the creation of open source code that the other would not. If I had to assign the common labels to them, I'd say that the BSDL is more consistent with the term 'free software' and that the GPL is more aggressively 'open source'."

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