Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jan 2013 01:41 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "A senior OpenBSD developer has complained on a mailing list that upstream vendors of free and open source software are adding in changes without any thought of whether downstream users could adapt to the change. Marc Espie said this would hurt smaller players by not allowing them to keep up with the changes. Basically what is happening is that numerous changes are being made to Linux and smaller projects like OpenBSD cannot keep up with the changes. And, according to Espie, not all these changes are strictly necessary."
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RE[2]: He's totally right
by TechGeek on Thu 10th Jan 2013 18:43 UTC in reply to "RE: He's totally right"
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"Over the years I've heard a few complaints like this and it's totally valid. It's getting worse each year.

But in the end I don't care for the BSD licence or BSD distros/software and it seems a lot of other people feel the same way. Unless I start an ISP I probably won't ever have to use it professionally.

I hear the license argument used a lot as reasons not to use *BSD and quite frankly I think it's a dumb reason.

BSD doesn't impose any restrictions on the way you use your software. It doesn't affect the quality of the software itself. The only possible reason to dislike *BSD because of the software license is if you're a narrow-minded elitist that would sooner attack fellow open-source advocates for being different than learn and embrace other technologies.

Hell, why don't we all just stop using Apache because it's not GPL? Or Firefox because it's MPL? Or even Xorg because it's MIT? There's a whole tone of software you run on Linux that isn't GPL, so this whole GNU / GPL elitism that many have is just retarded.

Ahhh, WRONG! The reason why the GPL is popular is that many of the developers in open source are now paid by corporations. These corporations want some kind of assurance that the hard work they are paying for isn't going to be plundered by a competitor and stuffed into a close source project. It has nothing to do with elitism and everything to do with business.

EDIT: Thats not to say that many volunteers don't feel the same way. Its the reason why the GPL is the way it is and why Linux isn't under the BSD license.

Edited 2013-01-10 18:45 UTC

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