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Re: Significance of the GP licence.

From: RJack
Subject: Re: Significance of the GP licence.
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:07:46 -0000
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David Kastrup wrote:
Alan Mackenzie <> writes:

In gnu.misc.discuss RJack <> wrote:

Reason? So do birds. flowers and trees. So what is your point?
You are correct (for once). I don't get it. Statements usually
have to make sense. What's your rhetorical focus?
Quite simply, that it is the GPL itself which is the main reason
for the popularity of Linux amongst the people who write it.

Well, that's half of the story. Linux has been written to support a preexisting GNU userland. And that userland has a tradition of being
 popular and freely available quite before Linux.

And BSD became freely available only some time after GNU/Linux.

You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

"The University of California at Berkeley has a long history of
pioneering software development and software distribution models. Having
existed in some form since the early 1980s, the BSD licence can claim to
be the oldest of the open source licences. In fact its long life has
resulted in there being more than one version, and it is slightly
misleading to speak of the BSD licence as a result. Although the history
of its evolution is an interesting one, for the purposes of this
document we will confine ourselves to detailing the last major revision
that resulted in what is today called the modified BSD licence or the
new BSD licence."

RJack :)

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