Subject: Re: ways of funding
From: Brian Behlendorf <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 22:23:09 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 25 Oct 1999, Crispin Cowan wrote:
> This seems to result in a majority of code being re-used, rather than a tiny
> minority.  The fundamental difference is that GPL licensing of an entire
> program encourages would-be developers to improve the original, rather than
> re-invent the wheel *again* and *again*.

Erm, only if the developers agree with the license or design of the
original.  If either of those don't match, reinvention will occur.  
NIH syndrome is just as strong in the open source community - have you see
all the IRC clients there are out there?  Or browse around freshmeat
sometime and look in almost any category; it's truly depressing how much
reimplementation is going on.