Subject: Re: Sun, BSD, and GNU
From: Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com>
Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 22:53:06 -0400

> The point remains that regardless of whether code under the GPL
> *might* have had big commercial impact, it was code under the
> Berkeley license that *has* had the impact.

The problem with that calculation is how value is measured.  If value
is measured strictly by counting up purchases, then volunteer labor
will tend to be valued near zero, regardless of the price to buy
equivalent service if the volunteerism didn't exist.

If 15% of the market uses Linux, isn't that a commercial impact,
regardless of how little money changed hands?


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