Open-source licensing (was: XLink library)
cowan at locke.ccil.org
Thu Nov 12 20:02:19 GMT 1998
Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> The library is and will be open source, though at this point I haven't
> firmly decided on a license. (GPL is likely, in some slightly modified
I suggest that you avoid the GPL for components, as GPLed components
can only be used to build GPLed applications. Alternatives are:
the LGPL at http://www.gnu.ai.mit.edu/copyleft/lgpl.html;
the MPL at http://www.mozilla.org/NPL/MPL-1.0.html;
the BSD license (aka "James Clark" license)
the public domain.
I favor the last two options for large and small components
For information and texts, see http://www.opensource.org .
Also note that modified versions of the GPL are *forbidden* by its
own copyright notice: the GPL is not itself under the GPL, but
under a license that says "anyone may copy, but changes are forbidden."
That is to prevent the proliferation of minutely different versions
of the GPL.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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