On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 07:47:48PM +0100, Jeff Rollin wrote: > > As I said, Yahoo are the one big company I remember being cited as using a > BSD. My point was not that "Yahoo does not give back to the FreeBSD > project," but that the BSD licence *allows* them not to give back in a way > that the GPL does not allow (say) Google not to give back to the Linux > project(s).
If I understand what Yahoo! is doing with FreeBSD, GPL totally permits. GPL only requires publishing the changes if one publishes the binaries. Yahoo!'s uses are internal so for example, Yahoo! would not have to "give back" any changes to gcc so long as they do not release their gcc to anyone else. The big advantage for Yahoo! to contribute changes back into FreeBSD is that Yahoo! doesn't have to maintain a totally separate branch, and doesn't have to deal with reconciling the enhancements from others. As a mere user I am very thankful for Yahoo! and Apple's contributions toward the advancement of FreeBSD. -- David Kelly N4HHE, [EMAIL PROTECTED] ======================================================================== Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad. _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"