Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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RE[3]: BSD ?
by azrael29a on Wed 25th Mar 2009 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: BSD ?"
azrael29a
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"I don't understand ESR to be fair. Basically, he says that we should use the BSD because no company wants to close their source code. So, if nobody wants to close the source code...why would people move away from the GPL, which keeps it open anyway?


Because the BSD license is more flexible, and you can use BSD licensed code within your already-proprietary products without any issues, but you can't do the same for GPL code (or, at least that's how it was explained to me, a lay person).

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GPL doesn't care about your proprietary programs. It doesn't need them.

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