Skip to main content


I classify BSD and Apache as MIT licenses. They just don't care what you do with thrie code. I think there is some attribution that is required but that's it. And in this post I'm going to take a birds eye view of MIT and GPL.

I'll start by saying that I do not like any of the GPL licenses and for the most part it just not matter why although when you compare the different licenses only the GPL expects me to actively do something when consuming GPL'd source which goes beyond simple attribution.

So far as I can tell the MIT license only requires attribution.

If you ask me to choose between the two I will always choose the MIT version. Both as a consumer and as a publisher. Sure I'd like to get credit for my code. Sure I'd like to get paid if something I did was the root of some else's billion dollar enterprise. And for that matter I have no idea why RHS is so hell bent on the GPL other than he is simply so invested in it.

If you're a good programmer and you release good software someone will take notice and you'll get a killer job. And if you write mediocre software it may not mean anything at all and may be how you interview or what you really know.

There was a case where Linksys was taken to court because they violated the GPL. The lawyers got rich whether it was from the plaintiff or from donations. You certainly never hear of Microsoft or Google suing for appropriating some GPL code. It's bad press. It's bad business. It's just bad!

So when you GPL your thirteen lines of shell script you'll have to ignore my snickering.

One more thing. The MIT licenses is one paragraph.  There are 3 versions of the BSD; 1, 2 and 3 paragraphs. They require someone with common sense. The GPL requires a team of lawyers. In fact I do not know any enterprise business that does not have a team of lawyers strictly to comprehend the GPL.


Popular posts from this blog

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

UPDATE 2017-10-30: With gratitude the CoreOS team has provided updated information on their pricing, however, I stand by my conclusion that the effective cost is lower when you deploy monster machines. The cost per node of my 1 CPU Intel NUC is the same as a 96 CPU server when you get beyond 10 nodes. I'll also reiterate that while my pricing notes are not currently…

Agile is still dead and has been since 1991

[updated 2011.09.30] yet another response to Agile is good.
When you have so much of you career invested in something like Agile, XP etc... it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. I had a consulting job in The Haag many years ago. IBM was the incumbent contractor at the customer site (a bank) but after 5 years on the job they had not written a single line of functioning code. In the office there were two teams of software people... both behind closed doors. The first team was the Data team and the second team was Functional. They rarely spoke and they never shared information. I was there for a week, introduced the client to OO and we had a functioning prototype. Smart people do smart things, You cannot make an underachiever exceptional by using Agile. Either they get "it" or they don't.
I just commented on a blog. I'm sure there is some validity to his post beyond observing that Agile Scrum is broken. It certainly is not what it was originally intended but for…

eGalax touch on default Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

I have not had success with the touch drivers as yet.  The touch works and evtest also seems to report events, however, I have noticed that the button click is not working and no matter what I do xinput refuses to configure the buttons correctly.  When I downgraded to ubuntu 10.04 LTS everything sort of worked... there must have been something in the kermel as 10.04 was in the 2.6 kernel and 4.04 is in the 3.x branch.

One thing ... all of the documentation pointed to the wrong website or one in Taiwanese. I was finally able to locate the drivers again: (it would have been nice if they provided the install instructions in text rather than PDF)
Please open the document "EETI_eGTouch_Programming_Guide" under the Guide directory, and follow the Guidline to install driver.
download the appropriate versionunzip the fileread the programming manual And from that I'm distilling to the following: execute the answer all of the questio…