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ZDNet: License to FUD

Jun 20, 2001, 01:56 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"In last week's column, I asked why BSD-licensed operating systems didn't seem to be attracting as many corporate supporters and programmers as the GNU GPL-based Linux. Why does it appear that so many of the new and most actively developed open-source projects these days are being done under the GNU license, rather than the BSD one which proponents say is more business-friendly?

I found answers in many places: ZDNet Talkbacks attached to the column, private e-mail, as well as BSD and Linux discussion areas. It seems that what motivates an open source programmer to choose one approach over another may have more to do with fear and mistrust than with freedom.

By far the majority of replies and comments came from people who preferred the GPL. These people explained that developers consider the GPL to be in their interest, even though the GPL forces them (and subsequent developers) to publish any updates or modifications. But there were certainly many people offering the BSD point of view, maintaining that their approach was indeed better for businesses, pointing out how companies such as Apple and Microsoft benefited their users by incorporating BSD-licensed code."

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