Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 12:41 UTC, submitted by nitsudima
GNU, GPL, Open Source David Chisnall casts a critical eye over the GNU General Public License and asks whether it's done more harm than good for the Free Software movement. "Looking back, has the GPL been a help, or a hindrance? And will it continue to be a help or hindrance in the future?"
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Non-GPL has more commercial development?
by JohnFlux on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 14:02 UTC
JohnFlux
Member since:
2007-01-04

His last comment is that more permissive software is getting more commercial development than GPL'ed software. I find this really hard to believe.

He cites various companies developing for the BSD kernel, but what about the large number of companies that are working on the Linux kernel? 80% of the Linux kernel developers are being paid to do so.

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Mark Williamson Member since:
2005-07-06

His last comment is that more permissive software is getting more commercial development than GPL'ed software. I find this really hard to believe.


With you on that. IMO BSD licensed code is better for companies to use as a base to build a proprietary product on, nothing wrong with that. GPL code is better when a company doesn't want to maintain the whole codebase without community support but wants a guarantee that competitors won't be able to base proprietary code on their contributions.

The idea that BSD-licensed code is more company-friendly is not really accurate - it's more friendly to certain kinds of companies with certain kinds of development model. For others, GPL projects are a better bet. For others, fully proprietary is a better bet.

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reez Member since:
2006-06-28

Not only BSD is licensed with the BSDL.
http://freshmeat.net/tags/bsd (the original)
http://freshmeat.net/tags/bsd-license-revised (the revised)
http://freshmeat.net/tags/isc (the shorter version)

and there is MIT which is quiet similar:
http://freshmeat.net/tags/mit

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jonas.kirilla Member since:
2005-07-11

This tag
http://freshmeat.net/tags/mitx-consortium-license
seems a bit more populated than the plain MIT one.

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