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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RE:RE: WTF???
by Ronald on Thu 13th Nov 2003 15:43 UTC

Mumic seems to think that using GPLed software compels you to release own developed code under the GPL also. I wonder if Mumic has read the GPL...

The GPL is designed to keep Free software distinctly apart from proprietary software. Developing your own code on a system that contains GPLed sofware does not make your own closed source GPL. Using GCC to compile software does not make the source GPL either.

Your own source only has to be GPLed if you use GPLed source code in your own code or if you voluntarily release your source under the GPL.

I sense a lot of the effects of the FUD that is being spread about the GPL. If you like the idea of companies being able to reuse your code without license restrictions, release it under a BSD-style license. If you want to focus all development (even whats done by corporations) on your code, release under a more restrictive license. Freedom of choice.

The Microsoftian take of "a cancer" or "pac-man like" is plainly not true. The only real reason to hate the GPL is when you see usable source code, would like to use it, but can't because you don't agree with the license terms. In that case, tough luck.