[nycbug-talk] Meeting Feeler: Non-BSD projects Using BSD software

Edward Capriolo edlinuxguru at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 11:30:06 EDT 2012

The Apache v2 license is a BSD style one. Our shop is a very high %
apache software. I am not sure if you want to count that.

On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM, Matthew Story <matthewstory at gmail.com> wrote:
> Wanted to put out a feeler about doing some meetings on the benefits and
> pitfalls of porting *BSD software to non-BSD systems.  And the various
> reasons why projects choose to do this, or to support alternate
> distributions of their software that provide optional *BSD software.
> There seem to me to be a variety of reasons for a project to do this:
> 1. Quality of software (including better maintenance)
> 2. Preference
> 3. Politics (e.g. getting away from GNU GPLv3 ... or worse the AGPLv3)
> A few examples come to mind immediately to me, all of which are Debian
> based:
> 1. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Port -- http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/
>        * GNU userland + glibc on top of the FreeBSD kernel instead of Linux
> 2. dash -- http://wiki.debian.org/DashAsBinSh
>        * debian extension of the NetBSD Almquist Shell
> With several projects taking a stand aginst GPLv3 (most notably Linus'
> refusal to move Linux to GPLv3, but also Debian DFSG ruling on DFDL, etc), I
> would be interested in how we make components of the *BSD OSes viable
> alternatives for other projects, and how we as a community of users can help
> get those in search of GNU-replacements interacting and improving the
> software that we all use every day.
> So, anyone interested in a Meeting on dash, (or the ash port to Linux), or
> Debian GNU/kFreeBSD?  And what are the major barriers to adoption of *BSD
> components by other projects to create GNU-free OSes?  It seems an
> inevitability that this will happen at some point, as the GNU project
> continues to fragment itself further and further from anyone trying to do
> work with any potential commercial application.
> --
> regards,
> matt
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