Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2005 18:44 UTC
OpenBSD De Raadt's team makes OpenBSD, an operating system, and OpenSSH, for secure communications. Here, he talks about why he does it, about industry use of open-source software, and about dedication to quality paying off.
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Granting freedom
by tony on Wed 6th Jul 2005 23:56 UTC
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both BSD and GPL grant freedoms from some, and take it away from others.

The GPL grants the freedom that all software under the GPL will be available to the public, and takes away the freedom to close it up and sell it.

The BSD license grants the freedom for people and businesses to close it up and sell it, and takes away the guarantee that they'll have access to that code.

Both give with one hand, and taketh with the other.

People who write under both know what their getting into, and it's their choice what to release their project under or what projects (and their licenses) to contribute to.

Companies know what they're getting into, so do developers. I don't see why people are so anti-one or the other. Both are successful, and both have their place.

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RE: Granting freedom
by on Thu 7th Jul 2005 00:28 in reply to "Granting freedom"
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You are quite delusional sir, the BSDs only take away one thing; the ability to claim a work as soley your own.<p>
That you think the ability to have a closed source derivative is taking away a freedom is silly and incorrect. It is granting a freedom that is not there by default.<p>
The GPL is the one with less freedoms to it.<p>
Don't look at this stuff so religiously, look at it practically and through the eyes of the law.

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RE[2]: Granting freedom
by on Thu 7th Jul 2005 02:09 in reply to "RE: Granting freedom"
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You are quite delusional sir, the BSDs only take away one thing; the ability to claim a work as soley your own. That you think the ability to have a closed source derivative is taking away a freedom is silly and incorrect. It is granting a freedom that is not there by default.

And the users of that closed program don't have the freedom to look at the source code, nor do they have the right to the program for free, which are the freedoms the GPL give us.

They both grant freedoms to one group, and take away freedom from another. It all depends on perspective.

The GPL is the one with less freedoms to it. Don't look at this stuff so religiously, look at it practically and through the eyes of the law.

I'm not, you're the one who's looking at it religiously, and being insulting as well. I never even said one was better than the other.

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