Linked by Michael L. Love on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 19:19 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives The GNU-Darwin Distribution is a free operating system and a popular source of free software for Mac OS X and Darwin-x86 users, but it is also a platform for digital activism. Founded in November of 2000, the Distribution has the stated goal of bringing software freedom to computer users of every stripe, and vigilantly defending digital liberties.
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corrections of fallacies
by zp on Wed 5th Nov 2003 03:27 UTC

I've seen some rather misinformed claims here.

ThanatosNL says: "The problem with old-school BSD licenses was that the license required that derivative works pay heed to UC Berkely."

This is simply not true. The license is there for everybody to see (e.g. http://www.freebsd.org/copyright/license.html). The only requirement is related to advertising. In other words "if you make money on our sofware, you might as well give us a credit."

3. All advertising materials mentioning features or use of this software must display the following acknowledgement:

This product includes software developed by the University of California, Berkeley and its contributors.


Modern BSDs (Free, Open, Net) require only the first two clauses of the license and drop out this advertisment clause. What I do not understand is why people make authoritative claims as above without really reading the license.

The second "pearl" is by Anonymous (IP: ---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net): "Not bloody likely. RMS spent 10 years working to build a Free OS before the Linux kernel was created. Can you imagine anyone else setting out to create a Free OS in 1983? If he didn't, the BSD's would be as obscure as they are now and we would all still be running windows.

This is ridiculous. BSD already EXISTED in 1983. Thanks to it, thousands of world universities could obtain and study the real OS. BSD TCP/IP stack, written initially by Bill Joy, cofounder of Sun, is implemented in every OS now (with improvements added of course). BSD is not as widespread as Linux simply because of a huge law suit over the intelectual property of UNIX license owner at the time. BSD decided to get rid of all code in question and published BSD 4.4 Lite CDs. That was the basis of a comercial BSD/OS, written by the original members of the group from Berkeley, and all open-source BSDs. But when the law suit was over Linux has already obtained the momentum and critical mass of users. And that was good as far as I'm concerned. Choice is good.

Finally, with regret, GNU-Darwin sounds like a mythical beast to me. It's a Chimera with a body of Darwin, BSD in the middle, Mach at the tail, and a head of GNU. It just sounds horrible. No, thank you.