[clug-talk] Article on Licensing
aseigo at kde.org
Tue Nov 23 12:08:08 PST 2004
On November 23, 2004 12:44, Niels Voll wrote:
> Not sure if you noticed - I didn't make a case for or against the GPL or
> BSD style licensing - I was just trying to say, that forking is not a
> consequence of licensing.
ah, but it is. BSD allows for closed source forking, and so you tend to get a
lot more forks of BSD software. this is sometimes desired, but not always.
and it's really nasty since many/most of those forks never end up
contributing back to community. this is the primary difference in forking
between BSD and GPL software, IMHO.
> Isn't it much more important to discuss for example the implications of
> software patents rather than to have sibling squabbles between BSD and GPL?
well, each license has its place. it's a matter of knowing which to use when
to achieve the desired results (which means knowing what the results will be
=). it's not so much a squabble as educating ourselves, because, yes, all
Free Software is good =)
that said, software patents are indeed a nasty, nasty, nasty thing. evil,
Aaron J. Seigo
Society is Geometric
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