AFPL vs. GPL-like licenses?

Scott Johnston johnston at
Fri Jan 19 16:55:50 UTC 2001

>On 15 Jan 2001, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
>>  You neglected to mention what your goals are.
>>  If your goal is to make the software available to the public, but to
>>  retain commercial control over it, then the AFPL is perfectly
>>  reasonable.
>This is my main goal (I think! ;-)).
>>  If your goal is to build a community of unpaid developers around the
>>  project, then the AFPL is not the best choice.
>Secondary, but it would of course be nice...

Ghostscript seems to have attained both these goals by their choice 
of project and licensing.

Scott Johnston

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