Commercial Licensing

mikel king mikel.king at
Sat Aug 10 02:06:27 UTC 2013

Greetings Someth,

With FreeBSD you are free use as you see fit. Think of the BSD license in terms of 'Free' beer and not the freedom to look under the hood like some other mock free licenses. If this were not the case then Apple would not have been able to derive Mac OS X from FreeBSD and close the source of their product. 

The nature of the various FreeBSD licenses allow for you to do this with the exception of some newer versions of the license the include an anti relicensing clause which essentially prohibits you from taking a BSD licensed code based and relicensing it under one of the GPL versions. At this point those sorts of addendum's are rare but definitely becoming more popular. 

Ultimately there is not requirement that you give back to the BSD community in the form of your code additions however you are strongly encourage to do so, the choice is yours.

Finally I would recommend consulting an IP attorney for a review of the current license just to ensure that everything is still as it was explained to me a long time ago by mine.


On Aug 9, 2013, at 9:41 PM, "Someth San" <ssan at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm interested in installing FreeBSD into a small form factor PC for
> commercial use and was wondering whether there is a EULA in place for that
> purpose. I would like to avoid the open source requirement of disclosing my
> codes to a public community.
> If you can provide some information/direction in this regard, I would
> greatly appreciate it.
> Thank you.
> Regards,
> Someth San
> Indesyne Inc.
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