Subject: Re: good description of the BSD license and philosophy?
To: Kevin Lahey <email@example.com>
From: Michael W . Lucas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/04/2003 16:04:16
Here's my take on it, from an article I wrote for linux.com 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.
> [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 mwlucas@FreeBSD.org, mwlucas@BlackHelicopters.org
Absolute BSD: http://www.AbsoluteBSD.com/