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Re: Significance of the GP licence.

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Significance of the GP licence.
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:07:47 -0000
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RJack <> writes:

> 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.

We are not talking about the age of the BSD license(s), but the time
when a complete BSD type operating system became available freely.

USL v. BSDi was settled just in 1993.

David Kastrup

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