GNU discussion (was re:Free your phone)

Dave Crossland dave at
Sat Jan 27 21:51:02 CET 2007


On 27/01/07, David Schlesinger <David.Schlesinger at> wrote:
> >This is simply untrue.
> The fact is, as originally stated, that the BSD preceded the GPL (by two
> years or ten)

I would really appeciate some evidence of this.

Here my evidence that the original BSD license was first used in 1989,
the same year as the original GPL:

"In June 1989 the Berkeley group took just this approach, releasing
the TCP/IP code and a set of supporting utilities that had been
written without any AT&T code as 'Networking Release 1.' 'Networking
Release 1 came with generous licensing terms. This was the first
example of what would later be called a BSD-style license."


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