Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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RE[3]: BSD ?
by azrael29a on Wed 25th Mar 2009 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: BSD ?"
azrael29a
Member since:
2008-02-26

"I don't understand ESR to be fair. Basically, he says that we should use the BSD because no company wants to close their source code. So, if nobody wants to close the source code...why would people move away from the GPL, which keeps it open anyway?


Because the BSD license is more flexible, and you can use BSD licensed code within your already-proprietary products without any issues, but you can't do the same for GPL code (or, at least that's how it was explained to me, a lay person).

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GPL doesn't care about your proprietary programs. It doesn't need them.

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RE[4]: BSD ?
by dreamlax on Thu 26th Mar 2009 02:19 in reply to "RE[3]: BSD ?"
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2007-01-04

GPL doesn't care about your proprietary programs. It doesn't need them.


What I said was you cannot use source code under the GPL with proprietary-licensed or closed-source code, but you can do that with BSD licensed code. The latter makes open source code more appealing for integrating with already-proprietary systems because they will not have to re-license their system and/or open the source up for the world to view their trade secrets [or whatever].

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Comment by Luka Woititz
by Luka Woititz on Thu 26th Mar 2009 18:00 in reply to "RE[4]: BSD ?"
Luka Woititz Member since:
2009-03-24

What I said was you cannot use source code under the GPL with proprietary-licensed or closed-source code, but you can do that with BSD licensed code. The latter makes open source code more appealing for integrating with already-proprietary systems because they will not have to re-license their system and/or open the source up for the world to view their trade secrets [or whatever].


Indeed, you are right. That is, because the FSM sees the proprietary computer software as a social problem. Originally, the OSS software has been a marketing campaign for free computer software, but they disagree in the fundamental things.

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