On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 01:50:13PM +0200, Ross Cameron wrote: > On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM, Chad Perrin <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 08:34:50AM +0100, Kris Kennaway wrote: > > > > > You are asking the wrong questions: why did GNU write their own version > > > of cmp? FreeBSD's dates to 1987. > > > > Y'know -- that's a really good question. > > > > Not really its quite simple,... much like the *BSD camp prefers all their > tools to be BSD licensed, the GNU camp want all their tools to be GPL > licensed. > They have their reason's for wanting to enforce the sharing of code > improvements.
You don't have to rewrite something BSD-licensed to distribute it under the GPL, though. Just wrap it in a larger package with a GPL license over the whole thing, and contribute development effort to the BSD licensed code if you want it to improve. That would have been a win for everyone, as far as I can tell -- rather than trying to enforce sharing code improvements by rewriting something from scratch and distributing it under a license that prevents its code from being shared with the BSD licensed version. -- Chad Perrin [ content licensed PDL: http://pdl.apotheon.org ] Rudy Giuliani: "You have free speech so I can be heard."
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