[fpc-devel] LGPL vs BSD

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Fri Aug 4 23:13:50 CEST 2006

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> Marco van de Voort wrote:
> >> Marco van de Voort wrote:
> >>>> - community projects are GPL or LGPL depending if they are libraries or
> >>>> programs
> >>>> - code developed by public funds (academic etc.) gets BSD
> >>> I think all code that is not really in danger of hostile takeover can better
> >>> be BSD. The extra protection of (L)GPL is not going deliver anything, and
> >>> maybe the looser licensing yield some extra contributors.
> >> Is there any big pure community project being BSD (and friends) licensed?
> > 
> > BSD?
> Isn't the code base taken also from academic research projects?

No. The core is the original AT&T source, though in term nearly everything
was changed by UCSD. But that only meant that UCSD had the position of core,
not that they programmed everything.

Same with the network stack. The original Darpa grant stack (which was BSD
contributed) was pretty bad. IIRC the BSD projects themselves rewrote them
into the NET/2 versions that formed the basis of most of the network stacks
today because it was better and faster than the original DARPA one.

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