While merging two of the disparate "*BSD" distros is a Good Thing [tm], Reichard asks whether or not the offering of a split open/proprietary FreeBSD / BSD/OS set of distributions will be good or bad for BSD as a whole. The Great Licensing War generally pits BSD-style licenses, which offer freedom to downstream developers in how their own releases or derived works are licensed, and GPL-style "copyleft" licenses, which require that, at a minimum, the original work remain freely available, and in the case of the GPL, that licensing terms be persistant and apply to all derived works as well.
BSD proponents claim that their license provides greater developer freedoms. GPL proponents claim the guaranteed availability of source means that no one source can lock users in to a version of the product. How does this merger and distribution model affect the BSD space -- help or hurt?