Linked by snydeq on Tue 8th Nov 2011 01:29 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives Deep End's Paul Venezia wonders why more folks aren't using FreeBSD on the desktop. 'There used to be a saying -- at least I've said it many times -- that my workstations run Linux, my servers run FreeBSD. Sure, it's quicker to build a Linux box, do a "yum install x y z" and toss it out into the wild as a fully functional server, but the extra time required to really get a FreeBSD box tuned will come back in spades through performance and stability metrics. You'll get more out of the hardware, be that virtual or physical, than you will on a generic Linux binary installation.'
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RE[5]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by laffer1 on Tue 8th Nov 2011 17:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I agree, 10 years ago."
laffer1
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2007-11-09

This is a fantasy. Take javascript frameworks for example. Most of them are either dual licensed or under a permissive license.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_JavaScript_frameworks

If the GPL were superior, everyone would be using ExtJs instead of jQuery, Prototype, Dojo, Yahoo UI, ...

How about web servers? The number one web server on the planet is Apache HTTPD. That is not under the GPL.

Databases? Ignoring commercial (only) products, several of the major databases are under the GPL but there's also Postgres which is doing rather well under the BSD license.

DNS Servers.. last I checked BIND wasn't under the GPL.

X servers.. oh wait that's MIT licensed.

The GPL is really popular, but if you consider how many things linux would not have without other licenses, it's clear that many viable projects do exist under other licenses.

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RE[6]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by tuma324 on Tue 8th Nov 2011 17:43 in reply to "RE[5]: I agree, 10 years ago."
tuma324 Member since:
2010-04-09

This is a fantasy. Take javascript frameworks for example. Most of them are either dual licensed or under a permissive license.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_JavaScript_frameworks

If the GPL were superior, everyone would be using ExtJs instead of jQuery, Prototype, Dojo, Yahoo UI, ...

How about web servers? The number one web server on the planet is Apache HTTPD. That is not under the GPL.

Databases? Ignoring commercial (only) products, several of the major databases are under the GPL but there's also Postgres which is doing rather well under the BSD license.

DNS Servers.. last I checked BIND wasn't under the GPL.

X servers.. oh wait that's MIT licensed.

The GPL is really popular, but if you consider how many things linux would not have without other licenses, it's clear that many viable projects do exist under other licenses.


jQuery is dual licensed (GPL or MIT). Check Wikipedia.

BIND is licensed under ISC license, which happens to be GPL compatible.

Good luck choosing a license that isn't GPL compatible.

Edited 2011-11-08 17:44 UTC

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RE[7]: I agree, 10 years ago.
by laffer1 on Tue 8th Nov 2011 18:05 in reply to "RE[6]: I agree, 10 years ago."
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

I didn't say I wanted to pick a license that was not GPL compatible. I was pointing out how many projects are not GPL licensed or can be used without GPL restrictions.

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