On Aug 4, 2008, at 4:09 PM, Gary Kline wrote:
On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 04:52:37PM -0400, Gerard wrote:
Since it appears to be apparent that newer software might very well
released under the GPLv3 license, it might behoove the FreeBSD team
rethink its ideas or beliefs regarding the inclusion of such software
into the base system. At the very least, it might very well make life
easier for end users who need the support that programs using that
license are now offering.
I must have missed something along the way, because I don't
understand what the "preferences" are to *not* use 4.3. I have
it buiilt and runing here on my mail desktop and at least one
other FBSD server.
Oh, there's nothing wrong with you as an individual running gcc-4.3 if
Nor is there anything wrong with the GPLv3 license-- it's well-crafted
and handles certain technical issues resulting from varied legal
systems quite well compared to most other licenses (eg, clause 17 for
many European jurisdictions which do not permit one to completely
disclaim liability), *provided* one is working on completely open
However, anyone who needs to do things with cryptography and signing
is going to find GPLv3 clauses 3 and 6 unworkable. FreeBSD (and
NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc) are attractive for people building embedded
systems because they are (mostly) not GPL(v2)-encumbered, and adopting
GPLv3 code would make that problem worse.
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