Subject: Re: [Frank da Cruz : Re: Kermit and NetBSD]
To: Frank da Cruz <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 11/23/1999 14:39:18
Frank, I think you're missing the point.  The essence of open source
is that any person who gets a copy of the program or source code has
the same rights as the person they got it from (except for certain
rights of ownership).  This is not the case for Kermit.

(The main difference between the GPL and the BSD license in this sense
is that someone can choose to create a closed source derivative, but
that's irrelevant in this case.)

The NetBSD Project distributes open source.  If Kermit wants to keep
its head in the water^Wsand and remain closed, that's fine; just don't
expect us to make exceptions for you.