Subject: So what is an FSB anyway?
From: Christopher Maeda <cmaeda@MC8.MACH.CS.CMU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 93 14:20:15 EST

   Date: Tue, 2 Feb 93 22:49:32 est
   From: friedman@GNU.AI.MIT.EDU (Noah Friedman)
   Sender: friedman@GNU.AI.MIT.EDU
   Reply-To: friedman@GNU.AI.MIT.EDU

   >Noah| What kind of "free software" are we generally to be discussing on this
   >Noah| list?  Freedom in terms of liberty, or freedom in terms of price?
   >What is "Freedom in terms of liberty?" Liberty to do what? Change the
   >program? Change the source? 


   The GPL/LGPL is a more or less good example of the kind of liberty I'm referring
   to.  There may be others, but I'm sticking to what is the most familiar to
   me since that's the easiest to defend. 

There are other models.  GPL/LGPL is like some community land where
everyone pitches in and builds a playground.  Anybody can play there.
Something like BSDI resembles a country club where if you pay your
dues, you get to enjoy the club with the rest of the members.
Specifically, if you buy BSDI, you get source to most everything and
can share changes and bug fixes with other users.  The only difference
(that I can see) between BSDI and GPL software is that you can't give
it out to people who haven't paid their dues.  This goes against the
anarcho-socialist principles that seem to motivate Free Software but
both models are pretty similar in practice.