Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jun 2010 22:36 UTC
Google When Google first unveiled its WebM project, there were quite some concerns over its license. This license was incompatible with version 2 and 3 of the GPL, and was effectively a new license, causing unnecessary confusion. Google has now cleared everything up by switching to a regular BSD license.
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raboof
Member since:
2005-07-24

We would then have open, widely available Webm, and Apple's closed, incompatible fork that cannot be called Webm.

Jep.
There should be absolutely no chance of the latter becoming the standard.

You wish...

Remember kerberos? MS did an interesting job of undermining that with their incompatible implementation.

Anyway, I'd still say BSD is a sane choice over GPL in this particular case, though I usually license any client software I write myself under the GPL. Different licenses for different situations.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


Remember kerberos? MS did an interesting job of undermining that with their incompatible implementation.


How did they undermine kerberos? By adding their own proprietary extensions? If that same software was GPLd they wouldn't be using it at all. Would that be a win for open source? What would be gained?

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raboof Member since:
2005-07-24

How did they undermine kerberos? By adding their own proprietary extensions?

Yes, because those extensions made their kerberos implementation incompatible with the standard implementation in unix. It's not a perfect analogy to what lemur2 claimed would be impossible, but a pretty close match.

If that same software was GPLd they wouldn't be using it at all. Would that be a win for open source? What would be gained?

I am not claiming that at all. As said, I agree the BSD license is a sane choice in this case. But it does not provide the safeties lemur2 talks about.

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