Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Licensing and Freedom, the OpenBSD way

Filed under
OSS

After having read the last DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 169, 18 September 2006, I was tempted to express my anger against the futile loss of energy in the "licensing fight" that led into cdrtools forking in Debian — but also in other distros.

Of course, I don't expect anybody else but Joerg Schilling to agree with me, however I'll keep my ideas on the GPL and on DFSG:

*GPL is one of the worse posible choices in terms of freedom: it's unclear, it's restrictive, and it generates a lot of useless debates;
*DFSG is too "Nazi", as it declares the majority of non-GPL licenses as "not free enough for Debian", no matter they're OSI-approved.

Nevertheless, I'm using both Linux (as a kernel) and Debian (as one of the distros using it), but this is not because of the license: it's merely because I like Linux and it suits my needs.

How much freedom do I need?

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

[GNU IceCat] browser is (finally) on Fedora

GNU Icecat will be available on Fedora updates-testing repositories for some days. That’s right time to test harshly this new web browser (really it’s not so new considering it’s a fork of Firefox) and leave a positive/negative karma or open a bug. Read more

today's howtos

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show
    Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports, and you can see here just what he has done. Hint: It's a lot.
  • Empire: Total War Looks Close To A Linux Version, Pokes Fun At Linux Gamers
    We already knew that Total War: Rome II would come to Linux which sadly didn't come out when expected early this year, but now it looks like the original Empire: Total War will come to Linux too.
  • Another (Linux) game added to the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2
    - Legend of Grimrock: Old school and modern gaming combines in this thrilling dungeon crawler RPG from Almost Human Games. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exile to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes they may or may not have committed. Unbeknownst to their captors, the mountain is riddled with ancient tunnels, dungeons, and tombs built by crumbled civilizations long perished now. If they ever wish to see daylight again and reclaim their freedom, the ragtag group of prisoners must form a team and descend through the mountain, level by level.