BSD over GPL

Adrian Wontroba aw1 at
Thu Aug 16 04:09:46 BST 2001

On Wed, Aug 15, 2001 at 06:29:35PM +0100, Dan Cuthbert wrote:
> Can anyone describe any advantages over using the BSD license over GPL

This is done to death every few months in the chat mailing list.  If you
can find a working archive, browse it.  Or, if you are very brave, ask
the question again in chat.

My own view:  The GPL is a poison pill, a major weapon in Stallman's war
to destroy the software market as we know it.  This is a good or bad
thing depending on your viewpoint, and who you work for.

If you use GPL'd products in a commercial environment, especially if
you "include" them in a product, make very sure that you understand the
terms of the GPL.  Ideally, pass the GPL past your lawyers, and watch
them turn white.

If you are a non-commercial developer, again read and understand the
licences, work out who will be scared off from using your product if you
use the GPL, and decide if that is what you want.

Adrian Wontroba

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