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Re: Which Linux to use?
On Wed, Mar 07, 2001 at 12:07:03AM +0530, Rahul Jindal wrote:
>hi guys, van anyone here volunteer to explain in 2-3 sentences the common
>prevelant licences (GPL, BSD, Apache and others) so that junta like me cud
>also make some sense of a lot of things on these walls.
<preacher mode on>
Well the gpl is quite clear. it says,
for Any s/w under the gpl everybody can copy/improve and
redistribute/give orignal/modified for free /charge for it.
for the improving part to be true every gpl'ed s/w should give
source in a media or make it avaliable at a comfortable price or
location viz ftp.
The word "free" in the title of the Free Software Foundation refers
to "freedom," not "zero dollars."
0. freedom to run the program
1. freedom to study how the program works and adapt it to your needs,
(source code is a precondition for that)
2. freedom to redistribute copies of the program (to help your neighbour)
3. freedome to improve and release the improvements to the public.
Anyone can charge any price for GPL-covered software that they want to.
However, in practice, the freedom enforced by the GPL leads to low prices,
because you can always get the software for less money from someone else,
because everyone has the right to resell or give away GPL-covered software.
Well whats mine is yours and what yours is yours.
Bsd says man We've made my thing and We are making it if you
want it take it but We won't take your improvements unless
and untill We feel like it and any one can take your improvements
and make it close source or do what ever they like to do with it.
1. Redistributions of source code must retain the apache copyright notice,
2. Redistributions in binary form must also retain it
you have both apache binary and source but if u do anything/changes with it
you can not call it apache.
Thats pretty much it.
terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria:
. Free Redistribution
. Source Code
. Allow Derived Works
. Integrity of The Author's Source Code
The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified form
only if the license allows the distribution of "patch files"
. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
. License Must Not Contaminate Other Software
What sucks with opensource is that it is a broad rule
it also respects sucking lisences like QT and Netscape
that alow no freedom at all
They say it leaves the philosophy and geek tub thumping behind and
does marketing but it actully makes things more complex,
putting freebies(netscape) and free s/w (emacs) under one broad term
it leaves the user bowled.
I think stallman is too philosophical but I also know QT and linux-2.4
are two things so calling both just "open source" is not my style.
</preacher mode off>
hope this does the trick
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PS: I MAY BE HORRIBLY WRONG.
Violence is a sword that has no handle -- you have to hold the blade.
Pankaj Kaushal <pankaj@xxxxxxx>
Proud to use GNU <www.gnu.org>