Subject: Re: Giving Richard His Due
From: Ben Laurie <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 18:24:10 +0000

Tony Stanco wrote:
> Why is it so hard for people to give Richard his due? But for Richard, there
> would be no GPL. But for the GPL, there would be no Free Software nor,
> arguably, Open Source.
> Yes, there are other licenses, but only the BSD even comes close to creating
> an alternative body of code to proprietary's. But the BSD has the fatal flaw
> (in my opinion) that it allows the community to be an unfunded research
> department for the proprietary companies, who then use their marketing power
> to benefit the most from the work. This is fine, I guess, if the BSD
> developers are fully informed and give implicit consent that their code will
> help proprietary, so they know the score going in.

Guess what? As far as anyone knows, they do. And they want it that way.
And yeah, its free software, and open source software and no amount of
talk will make it not so.




"There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he
doesn't mind who gets the credit." - Robert Woodruff