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Re: As the GPL fades


From: Mark Kent
Subject: Re: As the GPL fades
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 17:22:20 +0000
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David Kastrup <address@hidden> espoused:
> Alexander Terekhov <address@hidden> writes:
>
>> http://blogs.the451group.com/opensource/2010/01/28/as-the-gpl-fades/
>>
>> ------
>> As the GPL fades
>>
>> Jay Lyman, January 28, 2010 @ 3:17 pm ET
>>  
>> We’re continuing to see signs that the dominant GPL open source license
>> may be fading from favor among commercial open source software players.
>
> Freshmeat:
>
> Licenses
>
>       GPL (20985)
>       LGPL (3245)
>       BSD Revised (1477)
>       GPLv3 (1422)
>       BSD Original (1405)
>       GPLv2 (1363)
>       Freeware (1262)
>       MIT/X (1009)
>       Apache 2.0 (637)
>       Public Domain (605)
>       Artistic (565)
>       Other (496)
> [...]
>
> That's not exactly "fading" in my book.
>

Usual Terekhov material.  But read the article more carefully, it's
about "commercial open source software players", well, what on earth
does that mean?

I suspect it's confined to those projects and companies which have used
the GPL and then moved to something less open in order to pursue some
specific commercial goal around exploiting those people who've chosen to
use the projects in question.

These activities will probably fail.

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