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Once Again, Reality Trumps Idealism

Sep 04, 2007, 21:45 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"Recently a Linux kernel developer tried to relicense an OpenBSD network driver under the GPL, but was caught early in the process and the error was properly addressed with public rebuke. In an unrelated incident, the vice president of the FreeBSD Foundation reiterated in a statement in his August newsletter that open source software as originally and traditionally exemplified through BSD operating systems, and free software as presented by the Free Software Foundation, are not the same thing. Both OpenBSD Project and FreeBSD Foundation representatives separately addressed the same issue: dealing with reality. It's not an issue for BSD people though--they've been dealing with reality for years. It's really more of a problem for GPL supporters.

"'GPL fans said the great problem we would face is that companies would take our BSD code, modify it, and not give back. Nope--the great problem we face is that people would wrap the GPL around our code, and lock us out in the same way that these supposed companies would lock us out. Just like the Linux community, we have many companies giving us code back, all the time. But once the code is GPL'd, we cannot get it back,' said OpenBSD Project leader Theo de Raadt in response to the attempted unauthorized re-licensing of BSD driver code..."

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