Linked by fvillanustre on Fri 6th May 2011 22:19 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y When comparing the evolution in market share of Linux and OpenBSD, two operating systems that were born around the same time, a question comes to mind: why is there such a difference in market penetration? Linux, on one side of the spectrum, with a license that supposedly impairs commercial venues, has enticed companies and organizations to adopt and support it under varying commercial models, while the BSD derivatives (FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD), with a larger history and an allegedly more commercial friendly license haven't been as successful to gather a large installed base and widespread adoption.
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by JoeBuck on Fri 6th May 2011 23:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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The USL vs Berkeley lawsuit was settled in 1994, 17 years ago. Certainly the legal cloud had an impact at the beginning, but it can't be blamed anymore.

I think that there's a good argument that the GPL helped rather than hurt, but it's also true that other projects with more permissive licenses have been successful. The cultural differences and leadership of the projects also made a big difference; Linus welcomed contributors, gave them real power, and set a blistering development pace (the rate of change is amazing), while the leaders of the various BSDs were far more exclusive and hard to work with.

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