[linux] Re: RedHat and The Future of Linux...

David Talkington dtalk at u.washington.edu
Tue Sep 23 17:54:24 PDT 2003


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Evan Martin said on Tue, 23 Sep 2003:


> > In any case, I for one am starting to think BSD is looking pretty good

> > (if only I can get the darn thing to work with any of my video cards on

> > any of my systems). I always liked the idea of the BSD license anyhow.

>

> This is an entirely separate issue, but yeah, I don't really understand

> why anybody would choose Linux over BSD when they're using a Linux

> distro with distribution/policy similar to BSD (like: why Gentoo portage

> when you have BSD ports? If anyone could answer that, I really would

> appreciate it because I honestly don't know why).


Evan - when you say "distribution/policy", are you referring to the
distribution process, or to the license, as was the OP?

The relative merits of the Gentoo portage system vs. *BSD ports can be
debated, though portage is more full-featured than 'ports'. The license,
however, is an entirely different issue. The GPL and BSD licenses are
very different beasts. Those differences frankly have nil impact on the
end user, but if you're a developer or distributor, you probably have very
strong feelings on that subject.

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David Talkington
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University of Washington
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206-543-2144

dtalk at u.washington.edu

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