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Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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RE[2]: Linux for the masses
by tim_mcc on Thu 24th Jan 2008 16:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Linux for the masses"
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The reality is, as much as BSD fans might like to deny it, Linux is a *guarantee* of lasting freedom, BSD is not. GPL'd code cannot be closed off, BSD code can. Companies can contribute to GPL projects secure in the knowledge that their competitors are not being handed an advantage that they themselves will not also have. Average Joes can contribute to a GPL project secure in the knowledge that the code will not be hijacked and made unavailable to him in the future.


To suggest that BSD code can be 'closed off' so that people can no longer access the source code is disingenious in the extreme.

BSD code can never be closed. You can fork it and close that, but what's to stop you using the existing code base?

As for freedom, I fail to see how a license which *restricts* usage can somehow be considered 'free'.

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