Subject: Re: GPL violations
To: None <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 03/31/2005 17:05:02
On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 05:43:04PM +0300, Mike M. Volokhov wrote:
> Hello,
> in the following article shown, how open-source developer Harald Welte,
> one of core devopers of netfilter/iptables, personally handed warning
> letters to 13 technology companies that he says are using Linux in
> violation of the license that governs the software.
> At the end of article Welte says about some benefits of BSD license vs GPL:
> ``ZDNet UK: How do you think the GPL compares with other licenses?
> Welte: It's a philosophical question. The BSD licence allows you to
> integrate and modify without giving back modifications, while GPL
> expects you to give back modifications. These are two philosophies of
> how you develop software. Which you chose depends on the project. For
> example, if you have a new standard and want it to spread quickly, it's
> better to use the BSD licence, rather than the GPL.''

I usually summarize it like this:

GPL-guy: "Aargh, they used my code! :-/"
BSD-guy: "Cool, they used my code! :-)"