Linked by Gabe Yoder on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:51 UTC
FreeBSD We've all heard the age old argument second only to the vi vs. emacs religious wars: FreeBSD Vs Linux. As a long time linux user, I decided that is was time I spent some time on the other side of the fence to see if it was any greener. Oh, and by the way, vi rules.
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Is this true...
by Owen Anderson on Wed 12th Nov 2003 03:47 UTC

Yes, all of the *BSDs are relatively GNU free. This is because the BSD license is incompatible with the GPL, so any included GPL software has to be completely self-contained. This means that the base system itself, which is of course heavily interconnected, tends to be almost completely free of GNU. GNU programs are of course available through ports and packages, but most of them also have BSD license counterparts.

But yes, a stripped-down install of any of the 3 BSDs will be as close the GPL free as you're likely to get on an OpenSource system.