Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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The GPL has an important role
by danieldk on Tue 24th Mar 2009 19:55 UTC
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I think it is bad to have so much license proliferation, and the number FLOSS licenses should be reduced. But the GPL is one of the most well-designed and tested FLOSS licenses, along with the Apache License version 2. I think in practice most FLOSS software can be covered under either:

- Apache License version 2 (as a modern replacement for the BSD license). For situations where the author does not mind incoorperation in proprietary software, or when a piece of software aims to be a standard implementation.
- LGPL: in cases where use with proprietary software is ok, but a library itself should stay FLOSS software.
- GPL: the defacto copyleft license.
- Affero GPL: for software where the author also wants to guarantee freeness when the software is used as a network service.

Personally, I prefer the Apache license version 2, it's simple, it's understandable, and I usually don't mind how my code is used as long as people give proper credit.

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