FreeBSD's problems as seen by the community

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Thu Jan 10 05:46:00 PST 2008

"Aryeh M. Friedman" <aryeh.friedman at> writes:
> One thing that FOSS (BSD or GPL) has historical had issues doing
> cleanly is seperating free software from free beer.   The first being
> a very important goal and the second a unfair side effect of thinking
> that open source by definition means free use of the products.

Speak for yourself.

> Yes the source should be avaible to everyone but as far I can tell
> that does not automatically and should not translate into not having
> some responibility to the community that created the project in the
> first place.... my approach (along with 3 other small software
> vendors) is to have a requirement to contribute back to the community
> in some form (in work or help support those doing the work), namely it
> is free software but not free beer.

Excellent idea, if your goal is to kill the project.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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