Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Apr 2012 19:25 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "A new analysis of licensing data shows that not only is use of the GPL and other copyleft licenses continuing to decline, but the rate of disuse is actually accelerating." This shouldn't be surprising. The GPL is complex, and I honestly don't blame both individuals and companies opting for simpler, more straightforward licenses like BSD or MIT-like licenses.
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RE: hm?
by bassbeast on Sat 21st Apr 2012 22:44 UTC in reply to "hm?"
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Lets all just point out the elephant in the room, okay? the problem with GPL is V3 which is as anti-business as RMS could possibly make it. this frankly is not surprising, as the man does gush on and on at Stallman.org about how wonderful Chavez is while ironically constantly railing on "big brother" corporations being a threat to "freedom".

But RMS is gonna find out that its businesses paying for FOSS and when they won't touch it with a 50 foot pole? Well you get to see what happens. if you don't want others using your code there are frankly over a dozen licenses out there for you to choose from, or you can roll your own. But if you go with GPL V3 you can say goodbye to most of the appstores and you can say goodbye to most corporations wanting to buy from you, GPL V3 simply isn't in their best interests. Heck look at Google, the darling of the FOSS world, and even THEY won't allow any GPL V3 code to touch Android or ChromeOS!

You are seeing this backlash because RMS hates corporations and put as many blocks as he could in GPL V3. within 3 years we shall see who was right, Stallman and his new GPL or the corps but I have a feeling that MPL or some other license will be switched to and GPL will slowly wither just as we are seeing, simply because no company is gonna bankroll software that is hostile to them.

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