GNU discussion (was re:Free your phone)

Dave Crossland dave at
Sat Jan 27 12:23:52 CET 2007

On 24/01/07, Gabriel Ambuehl <gabriel_ambuehl at> wrote:
> And besides, the BSDL predates the GPLv1 by a decade.

This is simply untrue.

I have done some research on this:

"In 1989 the "Networking Tape 1" was released; this was the first time
that BSD UNIX code was available to anyone without a very expensive
proprietary license from AT&T."

"An AT&T source license in 1988 could cost as much as $100,000, making
it prohibitive for many would-be users of BSD."

> And many
> would argue (I certainly do, but obviously not the FSF) that the
> BSDL is much more free than the GPL.

The freedom to become less free is a paradox. explains why copyleft
licenses like the GPL are better than permissive free software
licenses like the revised BSD license.


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