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Computerworld: Q&A Part 2: IBM Exec Says Curbing Open-Source License Glut is 'Wishful Thinking'

Aug 15, 2005, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol Sliwa)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"One of the topics that cropped up during a couple of keynote speeches here is the need to stop the proliferation of open-source licenses. Stuart Cohen [CEO of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)] said the Open Source Initiative recognizes 57 open-source licenses. What's your take on that?
I haven't counted them, but if there are 57, I'm sure there's a lot of duplication inside of that 57. That incorporates a lot of subtlety. I suspect that inside of that, they reflect a few different models of licensing. There's always going to be more than one. I mean, it's hard to imagine that the world's going to get to one licensing model. So we're not necessarily bothered by the fact that there are multiples. We kind of expect that..."

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