Re: Open Source transaction stuff

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From: Dug Song (
Date: Mon Jun 26 2000 - 11:33:05 PDT

On Mon, 26 Jun 2000, Adam L. Beberg wrote:

> > Is your source open for anyone to use as They see fit?
> There is a name for that, its called "public domain". And noone, not
> even the *BSD folks do that.

many BSD folks actually do, eschewing the BSD license when the code in
question is trivial enough to forgo any claims of authorship.

the BSD license only requires that you maintain credit for the authors of
the code. nothing else. while the GPL enforces a political agenda, the
BSDL essentially enforces social etiquette among hackers. :-)

> Then everyone is NUTS, which I would have to agree with. All of it, GPL,
> *BSD, MPL, ESR, RMS... everyone. Not one of them has ever overcome
> chromosome 5 (greed) and public domain'd everything. Noone wants
> <example>Microsoft</example> using their code.

let's not paint all open source developers as religious/political

BSD people definitely want Microsoft using their code. that's the point -
get good code where it needs to be. e.g. we didn't release OpenSSH under a
BSD license so nobody could use it - we WANT to see security freely
integrated into routers, commercial operating systems, whatever.

and all the BSD people i talked to at last week's USENIX were excited
about Apple's import of BSD code in MacOS X (Wilfredo Sanchez gave a good
talk on the subject). for better or for worse, BSD people just don't care
what happens to their code, as long as their name stays on it...



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