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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by kurkosdr on Tue 24th Apr 2012 08:55 UTC
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Simple, companies like Google do want to support open source or mostly open source projects. but they also want a pull back plan.

I actually like the GPL, because once it's open source, it will always be (I don't care about the amount of words in the license, I ll leave that to lawyers). The only way to make a GPL piece of software closed again is to write it from scratch.

But we 've got to be realists. Open source is a radical model (you 've got to give your product away, everyone can get it with one recompile, and you 've got to give people permission to change it and redistribute), so it's understandable companies that go for it want a pull back plan.

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