"The significance of this licensing change is yet to be
determined. One impetus for the shift seems to be ISVs' interest in
coordinating their inventory of Unix applications to fit the
emerging Linux Standard Base
(LSB) initiative. This is similar to Motif in that many of
its technical aspects make sense only in the context of
once-standard software that is now aging."
"To be blunt, it's been quite a while since we last recommended
junior programmers learn Motif. Motif has a reputation for being
clumsy, difficult, and old-fashioned. Liberalization of its license
strikes several industry observers as the desperate act of a
product clearly on the decline."
"On the other hand, the Open Group continues to innovate.
CTL is an
impressive achievement. The tradition of professionalism among
third-party suppliers and cooperation among developers is a great
advantage. Insiders assure us that Open Group licenses are on
track for further liberalization in the next year."