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Crowding out OpenBSD
Posted Dec 5, 2012 3:56 UTC (Wed) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946)
Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:14 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:44 UTC (Wed) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
Yes, but what they give is very frequently not useful. I'd argue that a culture of contribution to a common core is much more important than the legal requirement, overall. Also GPL is often sidestepped so that the actual useful stuff isn't shared anyway, even when it probably should be (c.f. kernel modules).
Posted Dec 5, 2012 10:54 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Posted Dec 5, 2012 12:38 UTC (Wed) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
Posted Dec 5, 2012 11:27 UTC (Wed) by trasz (guest, #45786)
And the complaint is because commercial vendors _do_ give back to BSD projects, either the code, or money, as donations or salaries. GPL projects reusing BSD code very rarely contribute anything back.
Posted Dec 5, 2012 16:11 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Dec 5, 2012 22:45 UTC (Wed) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
Sure some do. Most of them? [reference needed]
> GPL projects reusing BSD code very rarely contribute anything back.
... to the original, BSD-licensed project.
GPL projects "merely" contribute back to *any* person or company not allergic to the GPL, for free. Not as generous as the BSD license but much more generous than no contribution at all.
Posted Dec 6, 2012 1:13 UTC (Thu) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198)
That seems a little crazy. IIUC any patches to BSD licensed code in a GPL project can be distributed under the BSD license back to the BSD project by the original patch author. The author can always license code to different parties under any license they wish. What's stopping people from contributing code back to BSD projects?
Posted Dec 6, 2012 1:51 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
In addition, many GPL people believe that it's a much better license than BSD, and so they _really_ want their work under the GPL.
If either of these are the case, then the patches don't get contributed back under BSD
Posted Dec 6, 2012 2:39 UTC (Thu) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198)
I realize that, it seems like a poor reason. Maybe git needs an "export as bsd" option for ones own code 8-)
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