Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:31:45 -0400 From: Rich Felker <dalias@...ifal.cx> To: musl@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: [Vision for new platform] syslog, sed, cron On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 08:23:02AM -0400, Kurt H Maier wrote: > On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 05:33:34PM +0800, orc wrote: > > (Why anyone who uses Plan9 needs gnu tools?) > > To build python, of course. How else can we access mercurial? > > Rich, how many licenses will this platform require? Good question. Again, the intent is not to impose policy unnecessarily, so in cases where there are two or more implementations of a standard utility that meet the common extension needs of applications, any of them can be used at the system integrator or distributor's discression. This mostly covers the standard utilities but maybe not all the higher-level stuff where there may only be one implementation of the software needed. I suspect some users may prefer to have a fully BSD/MIT/permissive userspace, for either ideological or misguided corporate policy reasons. While misguided, at least the latter have something to do with deployment and adoption, so it would be nice to have a complete functional system with all the components we mentioned originally under a permissive license, but I don't think having some significant components under a different free license, at least initially, is a show-stopping problem. Platform should excel on technical merits like size, power consumption, etc. and usability merits like interface, not on holier-than-thou attitudes about licenses... Rich
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