Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Sep 2006 21:00 UTC, submitted by porcel
GNU, GPL, Open Source David Wheeler does a cross-examination of the GPL and BSD and why the GPL and Linux specifically have managed to attract a larger number of corporate contributors. "If your goal is to get an idea or approach widely used to the largest possible extent, a permissive license like the BSD (or MIT) license has much to offer. If your goal is to have a useful program that stays useful long-term, then a protective license like the LGPL or GPL licenses has much to offer. Protective licenses force the cooperation that is good for everyone in the long term, if a long-term useful project is the goal."
Permalink for comment 164142
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Yeah
by kwag on Thu 21st Sep 2006 04:42 UTC in reply to "Yeah"
Member since:

"non-GPL licenses sure didn't work out for Apache, X,, Python, PHP or Perl..."

They worked out a treat, without the GPL restrictions ;)
And I wouldn't have it any other way ;)

Reply Parent Score: 2