Subject: Re: So what is an FSB anyway?
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 93 15:57:49 -0800

I should add that:

Public domain, GPL, and LGPL form a solid licensing basis for a free
software business, and Cygnus and FSF are both FSB's.

BSD is a mixed business -- part proprietary, part free softare
business.  They've been moving more and more toward free over the
years.  Most of their recent funding came from DARPA to produce free
software, or from companies who wanted the BSD software ported (free or
nonfree, they didn't care) to their platforms.

BSDI is a non-FSB.

BSDJ is a FSB.  The Jolitz couple have been writing articles, and more
recently a book, to make income from the project.

There are many FSB's that do nothing but distribution.  Prime Time Freeware,
Walnut Creek CD-ROM, etc.

In a sense, Uunet Technologies (, Alternet) is part FSB,
since part of its business is distribution of free software (and free
text -- Usenet newsgroups).  It also carries private and proprietary
communications such as email and general IP traffic.