-<latemp_subject "The GPL,
The BSD Licence and Being a Sucker" />
+<latemp_subject "The GPL, he BSD Licence and Being a Sucker" />
<dt>Translated to English:</dt>
<h2 id="text">The Essay Itself</h2>
At <a href="http://linmagazine.co.il/node/view/11659">this (Hebrew)
-discussion in Linmagazine.co.il</a> a claim was made that people who
-distribute code that they wrote under BSD-style licences are suckers, while
+discussion in Linmagazine.co.il</a>, a claim was made that people who
+distribute code that they wrote under BSD-style licences are suckers, while
people who distribute their code under <a href="http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html">the GPL (GNU General Public Licence)</a>
are not, since they make sure no one will make a proprietary use of their code. In this essay, I'd like to reply to this in
a rational manner. (As opposed to the flamefest in the original discussion).
sure the source code is viewable. Now, would using an LGPL licence (that
allows linking to proprietary code) be a Suckerish act?
It isn't that either. It's possible that the originator has an interest or a
desire that people will do a commercial use of his code. Whether it's
First of all, they helped their neighbour (which naturally also includes
commercial companies) and not just did a "suckery" act. Secondly, it is
possible that they want people to integrate and modify this code. Perhaps
-because they want it to be part of an
Embedded software. Perhaps they want to
+because they want it to be part of an mbedded software. Perhaps they want to
have proprietary derived products that they can draw ideas and inspiration
from. And perhaps they (and I included) just don't want to worry what possible
illegal use people make of their code. If you release a code under the Public
<a href="http://ken.coar.org/musings/free-source.html">Ken's Musings about
-Free Software and Open Source</a> - an essay of Ken Coar, one of the core
+Free Software and Open Source</a> - an essay of Ken Coar, one of the core
members of <a href="http://www.apache.org/">the Apache project</a>. Towards
the end he explains why he prefers BSD-like licences.
<a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hackers-il/message/2809">The Well and
-the Wall</a> - an essay I wrote as a result of reading
+the Wall</a> - an essay I wrote as a result of reading
<a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/">the "Cathedral
and the Bazaar"</a> on a pet project of mine, and why it turned out that the
Public Domain licensing I chose for it, was ideal in this circumstance.
-entry in Daniel Stenberg's diary</a>
notifying his feeling with the release
+entry in Daniel Stenberg's diary</a> ing his with the release
of a new version of cURL and libcurl, that are distributed under a BSD-style
<b id="footnote1">Footnote 1</b>:
Some people mistakenly believe that Selfishness and Selflessness are the only
-two possible strategies. But <a href="http://www.neo-tech.com/neotech/advantages/advantage14.html">there
+two possible strategies. But <a href="http://www.neo-tech.com/neotech/advantages/advantage14.html">there
is a third option - Rational Self Growth</a>.
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-Commons Attribution 3.0 (Unported) License</a> (CC-by) (or at your option any
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+<cc_by_british_blurb year="2005" />