[erlang-questions] [ANN] Erlang UUID

Michael Truog <>
Sun Mar 11 11:40:52 CET 2012


On 03/11/2012 12:12 AM, Max Lapshin wrote:
> So, when I hear "I will not use GPL because I can't use other's work
> for free" I always ask myself: "hey, what have _you_ done to others?
> You are going to earn money with others people work. What are you
> sharing with others?". Usually there are no pull-requests from such
> people, no commitment. And such people are usually too lazy just to
> write email and ask about conditions for non-GPL distribution
You are bringing up a separate subject, which I don't believe was mentioned much.  I believe this is the simplicity of how BSD code can be put into GPL codebases, but the complication with going the opposite route, from GPL code to a BSD codebase.  When you judge this transition based on the simplicity of each license, it is obvious the GPL is much more verbose with the various declarations of software freedom.  I guess I would be more concerned about the limits to software reuse, which the GPL is meant to limit.  If the author doesn't believe a GPL license is proper for their project, I have complete confidence they would publicly change the license.  I have had communications with developers of GPL code in the past about changing their license to a BSD, however, it is very common for people to have a more religious attachment to one, or the other.  So, perhaps my experience has been different from yours.  However, I would be interested to know what GPL software you think
people would want as BSD, since making that need public might help promote its change publicly.





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