Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2007 22:17 UTC, submitted by prymitive
GNU, GPL, Open Source A lengthy debate that began with a suggestion to dual license the Linux kernel under the GPLv2 and the GPLv3 continues on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Throughout the ongoing thread Linux creator Linus Torvalds has spoken out on the GPLv2, the upcoming GPLv3, the BSD license, Tivo, the Free Software Foundation, and much more. During the discussion, he was asked we he chose the GPLv2 over the BSD license when he's obviously not a big fan of the FSF.
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RE[2]: BSD vs GPL...
by jgfenix on Sat 16th Jun 2007 00:29 UTC in reply to "RE: BSD vs GPL..."
jgfenix
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2006-05-25

I think that what Linus meant is that with the BSD license you can fork the code, distribute the software and keep the changes to yourself. With the GPL you would have to distribute your changes

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RE[3]: BSD vs GPL...
by phoenix on Sat 16th Jun 2007 18:25 in reply to "RE[2]: BSD vs GPL..."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

And what's the problem with that?

Pick the license that suits your needs.

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RE[4]: BSD vs GPL...
by twenex on Sun 17th Jun 2007 09:26 in reply to "RE[3]: BSD vs GPL..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

And what's the problem with that?

The problem is you end up with umpteen different, incompatible versions of something.

Pick the license that suits your needs.

I think most people need to ensure that their work won't be taken advantage of by other people without those other people giving back. Thus, the popularity of GPL and Linux.

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