Subject: RE: GNU licence question
To: Bill Studenmund <>
From: Graham, James <James.Graham@Schwab.COM>
List: current-users
Date: 05/13/1997 13:11:54
I gather that the difference between GPL and Berkeley "licensing",
if you can call it that, is that the GPV^HL explicitly states that you
cannot distribute a binary-only version without also distributing
the source at no extra cost, while if you wanted to you could sell
the Berkeley source -- modified or unmodified (if you can find
a sucker who doesn't know how to get the unmodified source)
-- for any margin of profit you see fit between binary-only and
source distributions.

[As a side note:  it would be funny if someone were to ... um,
"find their way in" to Microshaf^H^H^Hoft and GPV
*everything* :-)]

> ----------
> From: 	Curt Sampson[]
> Sent: 	Tuesday 13 May 1997 1252
> To: 	Bill Studenmund
> Cc: 	Trevin Beattie; Jaromir Dolecek; current-users@NetBSD.ORG
> Subject: 	Re: GNU licence question
> On Tue, 13 May 1997, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> > This restriction is why Linux and *BSD can't share code too well.
> There's
> > a lot of stuff in our kernel which isn't GPL'd but can be
> distributed as
> > long as you adhere to its conditions. Well, since its conditions
> aren't
> > GPL (nor have the restrictions of GPL), to GPL it would violate
> these code
> > chunks' copyright.
> Please do not confuse copyright and licencing conditions. Copyright
> has little to do with this discussion.
> Last time I looked at this the GPL did not have any clauses that
> were incompatable with the standard Berkeley licence, nor did the
> Berkeley licence have any clauses that were incompatable with the
> GPL. So it is perfectly possible to distribute something under an
> amalgam of both. I don't know what you believe the incompatability
> is here.
> I believe the reason that NetBSD has no GPL code in the kernel is
> that it couldn't be distributed without putting the entire kernel
> under GPL, which many of us find overly restrictive.
> cjs
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