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March 24, 2010

Open Source Licensing

Lately I've been pondering the topic of open source licenses. I'm preparing to release a couple projects that I've been working on and I'm torn between a permissive license and a reciprocal license

On one hand I hope to create an active, viral project with lots of community support. On the other hand I wouldn't be offended if someone liked what they saw and made an investment that resulted in a commercial project.

I was wondering what experiences and opinions my fellow installation developers might have to offer. So please, sound off!

4 comments:

Goose said...

Seen this at all?
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/24/a-short-guide-to-open-source-and-similar-licenses/

Lord AGNUcius said...

You seem to be suggesting the GNU GPL does not allow commercial use.

This is a common misunderstanding: http://GNU.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#GPLCommercially

Christopher Painter said...

Who is suggesting that? I didn't even use the word GPL.

Lord AGNUcius said...

Well, the GNU GPL definitely the most popular 'reciprocal' license.

Is there a 'reciprocal' license that doesn't allow commercial use and distribution?