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FreeBSD/BSDi merger (LinuxPlanet)

By kmself in News
Fri Mar 10, 2000 at 03:18:04 AM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

Kevin Reichard at LinuxPlanet writes on the FreeBSD - BSDi merger. [editor's note, by rusty] kmself offers some questions and analysis of the merger below. This isn't just a repost! :-)

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?


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FreeBSD/BSDi merger (LinuxPlanet) | 4 comments (4 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Though I am pretty sure this was po... (none / 0) (#2)
by mike on Thu Mar 09, 2000 at 04:57:42 PM EST

mike voted 1 on this story.

Though I am pretty sure this was posted on /., I think that kmself does, as rusty said, offer some good insight on it.
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I didn't think the article was very... (none / 0) (#1)
by emjay on Thu Mar 09, 2000 at 05:16:09 PM EST

emjay voted -1 on this story.

I didn't think the article was very impressive, kind of fluffy actually.
We can't stop here, this is bat country!

The linked article, while interesti... (4.00 / 1) (#4)
by locutus074 on Thu Mar 09, 2000 at 06:43:56 PM EST

locutus074 voted -1 on this story.

The linked article, while interesting, IMO didn't expound deeply enough. For example, while it mentions that there will be some drivers released with BSD/OS (or whatever they wind up calling the "commercial" version) that won't be with FreeBSD, he doesn't explain that the reason why is that they are under NDA, and they can't legally release them.

Something I was bemused by in the article:

(for example, the free version of Storm Linux 2000 differs from the freely downloadable version)

"If you haven't gotten where you're going,
you aren't there yet." --George Carlin
This is great for *BSD! The BSDI an... (none / 0) (#3)
by deuteron on Thu Mar 09, 2000 at 09:29:20 PM EST

deuteron voted 1 on this story.

This is great for *BSD! The BSDI and FreeBSD codebases will be merging, which means both camps will learn lots, while an even greater FreeBSD emerges. Rock!

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