The benefits of the BSD license

Sep 27, 2003

Richard R. Charron ran strings(1) on Microsoft Services for UNIX 3.0 and found something looking suspiciously like OpenBSD 3.0. Read all about it in the OpenBSD Journal story.

The comments for that story is worth a … comment: The BSD license is free. It does not restrict you to inherit the license for derived code because it is free. Not as free as public domain or the beerware license, but pretty close. BSD is about high quality code that you can use, for any value of "you". It is that simple. It is that good. Theo de Raadt said it very well when he removed Darren Reed's IPF:

… But software which OpenBSD uses and redistributes must be free to all (be they people or companies), for any purpose they wish to use it, including modification, use, peeing on, or even integration into baby mulching machines or atomic bombs to be dropped on Australia.

Darren Reed is Australian. You can see the full message in the mailing-list archives. This is also why there is no DJBware in the OpenBSD ports tree.

I think I could buy a full t-shirt wardrobe on the 'net. I love the ++ungood t-shirt from NTKMart and I adore the ThinkGeek Magatokyo designs. Obviously I like the OpenBSD t-shirts too. But I guess my favourite is the Ninj4 Hooded Sweatshirt from ThinkGeek. Maybe I should actually make a wishlist in the utterly vain hope that some poor misguided soul would go and buy me, a random poor chap on the Internet, stuff. Perhaps some day …


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