that old GNU/Linux argument

Alexandre Oliva aoliva at
Mon Jul 28 02:15:12 UTC 2008

On Jul 26, 2008, Gordon Messmer <yinyang at> wrote:

> Theo continued to complain about the lack of cooperation between the
> Linux driver authors and the original OpenBSD developers.  The problem
> that he perceived was that the Linux driver developers created a
> derived work, and the code that *they* contributed to the driver was
> licensed only under the GPL.  This made it unacceptable for the
> OpenBSD developers to use the modifications from the Linux developers.

And that's not because of any restriction, real or imagined, imposed
by Linux developers, but rather by OpenBSD developers own decision to
reject code that they couldn't distribute on their own terms.  Oddly,
a choice they claim to make to enable to people to do just what
they're complaining about: create derived works that they can't use.
Talk about consistency.

Alexandre Oliva
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