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Starting A FOSS Project? Then Know Your Licenses

Jun 01, 2011, 06:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Free Software Foundation is the principal organizer of the GNU Project, and you can find the FSF's guidelines on choosing an open source license in this post. The guidelines cover how to choose an overall license for a project, and also cover making decisions on licensing modified versions of an existing project.

"Through the guidelines, you can gain knowledge about what Copyleft is, and why it's a favorable licensing strategy. For many creators, the FSF recommends the Apache License 2.0, with more details here. There are many other licenses to consider, including the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), and the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL). Notably, many open source projects don't license relevant documentation, but the GNU Free Documentation License is a wise choice for doing so."

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