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

Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

The first two companies that have been confirmed to release phones with Ubuntu Touch are Meizu and Bq. Until now, only Meizu showed any kind of involvement with Ubuntu Touch and they were the first to announce a launch window. On the other hand, Bq has been silent, but it seems to have been very busy and to be the first one out the door. Read more

Linux 3.19 Merge Window Closes Ahead Of Schedule

Linus announced on Friday night that he's closing the merge window early for 3.19. Torvalds said that he's pulling the last of the pull requests on Saturday -- related to KBuild and the READ_ONCE split-up -- but is planning to then close the merge window. Read more

X.Org Server 1.16.3 Released To Fix Security Issues

Julien Cristau of Debian announced the X.Org Server 1.16.3 release on Saturday morning. The primary focus of this release is on correcting the security issues within the GLX, DIX, XV, DRI3, RENDER, and other areas of the xorg-server code-base affected by outstanding security problems. Read more