- From: linas linas org (Linas Vepstas)
- To: Daniel Veillard <veillard redhat com>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Questions
- Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 14:22:59 -0600
On Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 12:09:45PM -0500, Daniel Veillard was heard to remark:
> The X11/MIT familly of licenses is also popular and don't give troubles.
Not to start a flame war ...but, the X Window System is under the
BSD-style X11 license for historical reasons, rooting back for a decade &
a half. The *BSD's are under the BSD license, primarily for deep
I would be curious to find out how many *new* projects (say 1997 or
later) have adopted the BSD/X11/MIT license. I suspect these are quite
rare. (i.e. 5% or less)
Please don't start a which-license-is-better argument.
However, note to RMS & Raymond: there are two reasons why the GPL/LGPL
1) the fundamental theory of it all, as preached by RMS,
2) the practical, day-to-day lay interpretation, as practiced by the
masses: that is, the unwritten corrolaries to the GPL, the
unwritten, frequently un-voiced deductions that one can deduce
derive from the GPL. For example: I use the GPL because I fear
someone ripping off my BSD-licensed code.
I find the latter far more interesting to read & debate.
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