I love FreeBSD. If perhaps the relationship has been cooler in recent years, it was because I was messing around with a red-headed stepsister called OpenSolaris and because suspend didn’t work on the laptop I was mostly using for the past two years.
In my case, FreeBSD remains the go-to place for getting stuff done at the server end of things. Today, that meant installing bugzilla so I could test a patchfor bugzilla information harvesting in XML format. I love how it’s a dead-simple "portinstall bugzilla" and it does whatever heavy lifting and interactive configuration is necessary.
While running that, I did notice the following license information line in the output (screenshot of a FreeBSD VM in VirtualBox):
I like this. It tells me, when I’m installing something, what the license obligations are. Naturally it’s Free Software, so my freedom to use it for any purpose doesn’t hinge on the license. However, if I were to further distribute the software (eg. as a VM image), then the license obligations are relevant, and I’m happy to have this stated up-front.