CyberTech Rambler

August 12, 2009

People moving away from GPL??

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 6:53 pm

Yahoo carries a news item about a company moving away from GPL to Apache License. It is full of quotes about how GPL is not business-friendly, including a quote from Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. That quote surprise me because I did not think Milinkovich will speak in such harsh term, even after considering he has an axe, in the form of Eclipse Common License, to grind.

Initially, my reaction was “yet another open source bashing story in general, GPL-bashing story in particular”. After reading the first paragraph, in particular, the words “…move the license to Apache”. I do not think it is a anti-open source story. However, after reading the full story, the anti-GPL undertone is unmistakable.

It is not an anti-open source story because the company in question moved from what I see is a more restrictive GPL license to a more relax Apache License. The CEO stress that this is purely a “business decision” and I can see why. However, I think the decision is even more difficult to make than the decision to go GPL.

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