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[4]: yeah
by danieldk on Mon 23rd Jun 2008 10:19 UTC 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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