The difference between Apache and qmail

… is that qmail’s license places restrictions on redistributing versions of the program other than officially-sanctioned releases.

Please let’s not forget that. Nor that it’s precisely why Apache satisfies all the usual criteria for FOSS, while qmail does not.

Posted on August 20, 2007, in apache, free software, open source. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Apache compiles without patches.

    +

    Apache doesn’t need patching to stop it doing something stupid.

    =

    Apache is maintained.

    Whatever the license issues, there are strong practical reasons to avoid qmail.

  2. And I thought it was that qmail is a MTA and apache is a httpd.

    Well, live and learn.

  3. Thankfully, it is no longer true.

    Qmail is in the public domain now:
    http://cr.yp.to/qmail/dist.html

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