Subject: good description of the BSD license and philosophy?
To: None <>
From: Kevin Lahey <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 03/04/2003 12:25:56
I was talking to some non-technical folks last night about intellectual
property, and I was trying to describe the difference between the
GPL and BSD licenses.  I wanted to send some clarifying e-mail this
morning, and I had no trouble finding some great web pages from
Stallman describing the virtues of the GPL license in just a few
paragraphs.  Alas, I had a much harder time finding an analogous
web page describing the virtues of the BSD license.

I can certainly describe my personally feelings about the BSD license
and why *I* want to use it, but I'd really love to be able to point
a clear, concise description of the virtues of the BSD license.
I decided not to use several of the pages I found via google, because
they rapidly descended into ridiculous attacks on Stallman
rather than just concentrating on the virtues of the BSD license.

I really don't wanna hear any ranting about GPL vs. BSD, we've all
heard it before.  I've voted with my feet.  I just want a good, clear
web page.



[BTW, the NetBSD stickers are off at the printers.  They should be
done around March 17, and should be in my hands within a week after 
that.  That means I may not be able to hand them out at the IETF,
sorry about that.]