Posted Oct 13, 2008 16:18 UTC (Mon) by rgmoore
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In reply to: LK2008: The values of the Linux community
Parent article: LK2008: The values of the Linux community
I would describe the GPL as being dominant, while the BSD license (and similar licenses) are recessive. The analogy isn't 100% perfect- real organisms inherit half of each parent's genes, so they have a chance of receiving the recessive gene from a heterozygous parent, while software projects inherit all of their parents' licenses- but it's reasonably close.
I think that it also does a good job of highlighting the philosophical differences between permissive and copyleft licenses. The whole point of permissive, BSD-style licenses is that the code is supposed to be mixable with anything out there. That only works with a recessive license. Copyleft licenses are the exact opposite. Their goal is to be as dominant as possible so that no other license can replace theirs.
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