Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jun 2008 22:49 UTC, submitted by Jan Schaumann
NetBSD Alistair Crooks, president of the NetBSD Foundation, announced recently that it "has changed its recommended license to be a 2 clause BSD license". This makes NetBSD more easily available to a number of organisations and individuals who may have been put off by the advertising or endorsement clauses.
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RE[3]: yeah
by Nossie on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 09:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: yeah"
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"I'd like to add that most of the *closed source* Internet runs on BSD code, and not Linux"

There ;) fixed that for you.

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RE[4]: yeah
by cjg_ on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 10:11 in reply to "RE[3]: yeah"
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So? Juniper contributed back a MIPS port of FreeBSD.

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RE[4]: yeah
by danieldk on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 10:19 in reply to "RE[3]: yeah"
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"I'd like to add that most of the *closed source* Internet runs on BSD code, and not Linux"

So? The BSD license allows for this use, and most developers don't mind, otherwise they wouldn't have used the BSD license. While I emphasize with (copyleft) free software, I also think free choice of developers is important (they wrote the code), and some developers chose to use a license that allows vendors to use their code in a proprietary manner.

And in the end, I think this is good. Remember that in the 80ies and early 90ies free software wasn't accepted as much in the industry. If BSD originally used a copyleft license, vendors probably wouldn't have used the BSD TCP/IP stack en-masse. The result could have been miserable: a dozen of semi-compatible proprietary stacks.

Sometimes non-copyleft code is necessary to make standard implementations.

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RE[4]: yeah
by Soulbender on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 10:20 in reply to "RE[3]: yeah"
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Who cares if it is closed or open as long as it does what it should?

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RE[5]: yeah
by orestes on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 11:06 in reply to "RE[4]: yeah"
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Developers do. Especially the ones looking to adapt other people's code.

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RE[4]: yeah
by helf on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 12:37 in reply to "RE[3]: yeah"
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You know what I find funny? most people, seemingly, that bitch about software licenses and the like, don't actually *code* themselves.

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RE[5]: yeah
by aaronb on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 18:06 in reply to "RE[4]: yeah"
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I guess that is because people who don't code use the software for day to day tasks and understanding licences and EULA has become more important in this 'sue' culture we work in.

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