There is an ongoing shift toward open-source licenses that are more permissive, reflecting an increased emphasis on building communities rather than protecting against free-riders.
The company is called out by developers for failing to publish source code used in Android-based Dell Streak, as required by the GPL license.
The Firefox backer wants to modernize and simplify the Mozilla Public License and sets an ambitious November deadline.
The GPL makes sense as a way to protect open-source software from proprietary interests, but doesn't this simply make it a less efficient form of proprietary software?
What you get from open-sourcing your code depends on a range of factors not directly related to licenses, but a liberal license could tip the scales in your favor.
Open source may be faring well in a bad economy, but that doesn't mean you will, as Socialtext's poor first quarter suggests.
Redmond may be losing market share to Mozilla in browsers, but its open-source license is gaining ground fast against Mozilla for some very good reasons.
Open-source licensing provides a clear, common framework in which to compete and coordinate software development. Consistency and transparency yield efficiency.
A licensing issue with its proprietary Linux drives appears to have helped lead to Microsoft's contribution of GPL code to Linux.
OSCON is hosting a one-day seminar on open-source licensing issues on Wednesday, July 22.