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[Discuss] Home NAS redux

On 01/02/2013 04:25 PM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:33:30 -0500
> Mark Woodward <markw at> wrote:
>> If you want to use GPL code, you can do *anything* *you* want with
>> it.
> No, I cannot. The GPL binds software to itself. It is in this way that
> GPL projects like the Linux kernel have taken from BSD without giving
> anything back. They can't. Derivatives of GPL software are themselves
> GPL software. Accepting code from the Linux kernel back into BSD would
> turn the entire BSD tree into GPL software. The various BSD projects
> refuse to accept the terms of the GPL.
> Forcing someone to accept unwanted license terms in order to share in,
> and benefit from, open source software development is not "freedom". It
> is a denial of freedom. And as you quote:
> "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves"
> --Abraham Lincoln.
> Neither of us are right or wrong. We have different perspectives.
The Linux kernel is not a derivative of the BSD kernel. While there may
now be pieces taken from BSD, initially the Linux kernel was written
from scratch. Possibly with some pulution from Minix.

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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