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When is Open Open? And When is Open Closed?

May 20, 2008, 20:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"Frankly, it strikes me a philosophical divide akin to the one that exists between the Apache camp, which favors permissive licensing terms, and the FSF, which advocates reciprocal-style alternatives. Not solely in the depth of the divide, in fact, but also in its persistence.

"The poster child for the debate, typically, is MySQL. MySQL, you'll recall, is a project which is an open source project (we can have that debate later) developed almost entirely by a single vendor. Unlike projects such as Linux, which are developed collaboratively by multiple entities, MySQL alone bears the burden of development, in return for which they retain rights that developers of Linux do not. Among them, the ability to relicense the code under more liberal terms than the standard GPL--the foundation of the so-called 'dual license' model..."

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