Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jan 2007 14:08 UTC, submitted by RJ
GNU, GPL, Open Source "We observe that there exists a broad misconception that the BSD permits the licensing of BSD code and modifications of BSD code under closed source licenses. In this paper we put forward an argument to the effect that the terms of the BSD require BSD code and modifications to BSD code to be licensed under the terms of the BSD license. We look at some possible consequences and observe that this licensing requirement could have serious impacts on the unwary."
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RE: Bad article
by manmist on Tue 16th Jan 2007 15:36 UTC in reply to "Bad article"
manmist
Member since:
2005-12-18

"The BSD license is superior in every way and primarily for 2 reasons: "

Well that explains all the good commercial support and ISV's.

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RE[2]: Bad article
by danieldk on Tue 16th Jan 2007 15:59 in reply to "RE: Bad article"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Well that explains all the good commercial support and ISV's.

I am sorry to wake you up. But code licensed under the BSDL and comparable licenses is used practically everywhere. From parts of opensource systems (X11, PostgreSQL), to closed-source systems (OS X, virtually everything that uses a TCP/IP stack that is not Linux or Solaris). BSDL-ed code is probably on of the best supported codebases (by license), though most users don't know they use BSDLed code.

You are probably mixing up the BSD license and the BSD operating system (for which commercial support is also widely available).

Edited 2007-01-16 16:01

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RE[3]: Bad article
by manmist on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Bad article"
manmist Member since:
2005-12-18

"Well that explains all the good commercial support and ISV's."


I am sorry to wake you up. But code licensed under the BSD and comparable licenses is used practically everywhere.


Ahem. Think before you answer. Your answer is NO WAY contradicts what I said. If the license is always superior in all circumstances why is the ISV and commercial support for BSD systems lagging so much behind Linux. Why are all the vendors like IBM, HP, Novell, Red Hat, Dell etc working more on Linux? Obviously the license superiority is not a foregone conclusion by any means. The use of code licensed under BSD doesnt change the commercial support aspects of it.

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RE[3]: Bad article
by segedunum on Tue 16th Jan 2007 16:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Bad article"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

But code licensed under the BSDL and comparable licenses is used practically everywhere. From parts of opensource systems (X11, PostgreSQL), to closed-source systems (OS X, virtually everything that uses a TCP/IP stack that is not Linux or Solaris).

I've heard that used as an argument by various people for the BSDL, and the usage of various BSD software as a primary reason, but it means absolutely nothing. Unless those companies and projects contribute anything back to the BSDL code they are using, it doesn't help anyone in any way, and it doesn't help the health of the BSD project in question.

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