FreeBSD's problems as seen by the community

Aryeh M. Friedman aryeh.friedman at
Thu Jan 10 05:48:50 PST 2008

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Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> "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.

Now to really get some flames... I think the fall of the USSR proves
you wrong on that.... namely small groups can afford to do stuff this
way but not large and critical projects

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Aryeh M. Friedman
FloSoft Systems, Java Developer Tools.
Developer, not business, friendly.

"Free software != Free beer"

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