Choosing a free software license
Posted May 23, 2007 19:33 UTC (Wed) by kwink81
In reply to: Choosing a free software license
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
>"imagine if Microsoft had been unable to import the TCP/IP stack from the BSD operating system into Windows due to licensing restrictions. They would have written their own buggy, incompatible implementation that only worked properly when two Windows hosts were communicating."
Yes, I agree that all standards of communication, such as Vorbis, ODF, and TCP/IP should be under permissive licenses that allow them to be implemented as widely as possible.
>"imagine if Apple were unable to use the FreeBSD operating system as a basis for their proprietary UNIX system. They would have used the NeXT kernel and userland instead, spent a lot more time and resources maintaining the codebase, and the resulting Mac OS X would have been of lower quality and more incompatible with the rest of the UNIX family."
If FreeBSD had been under the GPL, free software would have been given a significant competitive advantage over proprietary software?
For many of us, that is EXACTLY what we want. We want to help bring positive social change to the software world, not hand the old dictatorships stronger pairs of handcuffs.
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