diff - GNU og BSD ?

Joerg Sonnenberger joerg at britannica.bec.de
Wed Feb 18 12:46:28 PST 2004

On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 02:13:36PM -0600, Jeremy Messenger wrote:
> > Well, since we have maintain that stuff, there is a reason to worry
> > about it.
> Can you give me the more points on this beside BSD license is more
> flexible? I doubt, you can give any unless it's something that is connect
> with the kernel (ie: FS, modules and etc).

Have you signed the FSF papers for merging back patches? Not all GPL
software in contrib is "bad", but the FSF stuff is somewhat evil.

> So far in my replies, as I said and my point, if there are some tools that
> are better than current tools in the base system, then it's good reason to
> replace it. Which meaing if you find any better tar tool then I will
> support the opinion of replacement.

I fully agree. But for me having a non-FSF or even a BSDL tool is better
than FSF stuff. Another point is having _more_ features is not necessary
good, unless those features are useful. This is why GNU diff vs.
OpenBSD diff should be evaluated. Another example is gzip, which
is somewhat redundant since it doesn't use zlib. We don't have to
decide now which tool is better, until someone give a real comparision.

> People who want to replace the GNU diff, their reason was just BSD vs GPL
> license, which it's no point and no good reason at all peroid. This is
> what I will not support the opinion of replacement.
> Anyway, I bet this topic will keep going and going on.. I will let you
> reply above of more points if you have any, so this is my last reply. :-)

And this is mine. This thread was long enough.


> Cheers,
> Mezz
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