Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Jan 2009 00:15 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Thanks to SGI, a potential disaster for Free software purists has been averted. Back in January 2008, it was discovered by the OpenBSD guys that some of the contributions to X.org and the Mesa 3D Graphics Library made by SGI were covered under permissive open source licenses that didn't fall within FSF's definition of Free software. The FSF Compliance Lab worked with SGI to resolve the issue, and they succeeded.
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demetrioussharpe
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2009-01-09

Seriously, you need help. Anyone who knows the history of the BSD's knows that BSD developers contributied large volumes code to improve AT&T Unix. When an issue came up in court & code was removed, the remaining codebase from BSD 4.4-lite is what was determined to belong to BSD. This is what the court determined. Therefore, by legal definition, it's not stolen. The court declared BSD the owner of the codebase in BSD 4.4-lite. This is the codebase that all modern BSD's are based off of. More things have come out of BSD & used in other systems, than vice versa. Hell, almost every OS alive is using a derivative of the BSD networking stack. Most modern *Nix derivatives are using XWindow servers that originated with BSD/MIT licenses. These things were around before GPL, LGPL, & some of the other licenses. So, who's stealing from who???

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