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eWeek: Open Season on Open-Source Licenses

Apr 27, 2005, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"During the past few weeks, the hottest issue for hand-wringing among pundits on, and would-be participants in, the open-source community has been open-source license proliferation. Computer Associates International has been making statements about the need for a new, modular open-source license, and the Open Source Initiative--the organization that blesses licenses as open source—is talking about tightening its requirements with an eye toward reducing the number of licenses certified.

"The concern is that burgeoning masses of conflicting open-source licenses are threatening to hinder the development of free software. Actually, the open-source licensing landscape is less complicated than it may seem. While the OSI has so far certified some 50 licenses, most open code is distributed under few—led by the GPL (General Public License), the license under which the Linux kernel is distributed..."

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