Subject: Re: good description of the BSD license and philosophy?
To: Kevin Lahey <>
From: Michael W . Lucas <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 03/04/2003 16:04:16

Here's my take on it, from an article I wrote for some time
ago.  You can pull some tidbits from there.


On Tue, Mar 04, 2003 at 12:25:56PM -0800, Kevin Lahey wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Kevin
> [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.]

Michael Lucas,

           Absolute BSD: