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LinuxInsider: The Licensing Landscape

Aug 26, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"At last count, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) recognized nearly 60 different open-source licenses. If you just want to install and use a packaged application, the license under which it was released shouldn't matter much. But it's particularly important to pay attention to licensing terms if you want to modify the code or use it in your own projects.

"Easily the most recognizable open-source license, and one of the most popular among developers, is the GNU GPL. The GPL can be a problem for companies looking to develop proprietary applications because of its strict guidelines on reciprocal code sharing..."

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