This is exactly the problem with the GPL. Its advocates want everything to be free, and are giddy about the possibility of bringing suit against people who so much as linked to a GPL'd library and forcing their work to be GPL.
I bet you there aren't many GPL suits. Nobody wants to force someone's work to be GPL, how often has this even happened? They just want you to stop violating their copyright. Can you do that?
It's viral, and not in a good way.
Hah, did microsoft pay you to write this?
I'm not about to defend the practices of certain large corporations. But in education and medicine, institutional rules over IP forbid many people I know of from even linking to a GPL'd library. For us, if it's GPL'd then it is off limits.
That's because the institutions know their intentions don't fit with abiding by the GPL. Maybe it's their intentions that are the problem, and not somebody else who spends their time writing cool GPL software.
Also, having a friendly non-adversarial relationship with industry is useful and will result in much broader use of your software.
So? is that your goal? A lot of people could give a flying fuck about what you consider 'industry' or broad use. They like their software like their women, quality over quantity and STDs.
Stop right there. There is no such thing as Free Open Source. These are mutually exclusive terms.
, exposure and reaching a critical mass of contributors is crucial. The BSD is inherently helpful in this case. The GPL just scares people off, because it asserts control over code you haven't even written just because you decided to use something that happened to have a GPL license.
Mate, you spew nonsense faster than a cow farts. If I write a piece of GPL code, in no way does it "assert control over code I haven't written." You're on the wrong side of the bullshit line and we're going to have to stuff some hot grits down your panties.
So, no, Stallman, I disagree and furthermore I condemn your argument as unproductive, wrong, and unhelpful. You might have ground to stand on if LLVM were closed source but it's open - in fact, it's under a more permissive license than the GPL.
Finally! Yes the BSD license is more permissive. You managed to make a sentence without fraud, fabrication or lies. I'm proud of you.