On Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at 06:41:58 UTC, Manu via
On 22 April 2014 16:29, Jacob Carlborg via
On 22/04/14 07:57, Manu via Digitalmars-d-announce wrote:
Yeah, I understand the license options essentially, but it's
just the license text, there are license cultures that affect
decision, and people are borderline religious about this sort
I mean, the GPL seems fine to me, but there are many people
GPL and avoid it like the plague as a matter of superstition
something. I'd prefer to not discourage interest or
because I wrote "GPL" near my code.
Then people invented LGPL and in my experience, this makes
them feel okay with it, and others still don't wanna go near
What practical reasons are there to avoid GPL if your
Ideally, I'd like something like GPL, with the option that I
someone an exception to the license upon request.
If you want to use some library that is not GPL, or
incompatible with GPL.
Or the opposite. If someone wants to use your code, but not
want to use GPL,
but still an open source license. BSD, for example, is much
more flexible in
But then you lose the incentive to return contribution back to
I've worked in companies where we take OSS libraries, modified
needs, and never offer the modifications back to the community.
done it myself, and it's basically wrong.
I am not aware of the license that encourages community
but also doesn't infect your code like the plague?
That would be the CDDL, which Sun came up with for OpenSolaris,
and other file-based licenses like the MPL, which Mozilla came up
with for the open-sourcing of Netscape:
The CDDL is like the GPL, in that CDD-licensed files have to stay
open source when redistributed, but since it applies on a
file-by-file basis, doesn't infect the rest of the codebase.
Others can compile your CDD-licensed files with their own files
that they license differently, as long as they provide the source
for your CDDL files, including any modifications they've made to
All that said, simple licenses, like the BSD or MIT licenses, are
probably best, because they work with almost everything else.