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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RE: Do not bother with the article
by Hiev on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 14:08 UTC in reply to "Do not bother with the article"
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

Yeah, right, for each of the examples given, I can provide countless others on a 1-to-10 ratio of BSD code that was improved and never returned to its mainline.

Becuase that's the goal of the BSD, doh.

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Mark Williamson Member since:
2005-07-06

Becuase that's the goal of the BSD, doh.


Yep. But the article seems to be advocating improved participation in the upstream project as an advantage of BSD over GPL, which is what the original poster was objecting too. Whilst quality of contribution and engagement is more important than volume of code released "because we have to", I still agree with the OP - it's hard to imagine that the BSD license is *better* for encouraging meaningful community contributions.

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Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

In that case contributting by will instead of by gun point its a lot better.

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