FSF software used widely?
Posted Oct 19, 2006 20:33 UTC (Thu) by vonbrand
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
Come on, what is used widely is BSD (and similar)-licensed stuff, i.e., sendmail, (La)TeX, X, apache,
and a long list of other stuff.
What the FSF really has built is a tiny fraction of open source software, and that (together with most software available freely in source code) was propelled to center stage by Linux. Before around '97, the whole GPL code was stuff that was played around with at universities and at best a curiosity outside, the only notable exception being the GCC stuff (courtesy of Cygnus, building on rather primitive FSF beginnings), and perhaps emacs (mostly in the form of xemacs).
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