Simple OS license?

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. rdixon at
Thu Nov 13 04:13:45 UTC 2003

As you stated, this license was discussed by this list already, and those
comments are worth considering. You mentioned that you like the license
because it is short, but it is also incomplete.   There may be a better
version floating somewhere on the web.  I think a good idea may be that you
re-read the LGPL and give that license serious re-consideration.


Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M.
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: <jacobus.vosloo at>
To: <license-discuss at>
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: Simple OS license?

: Hi
: I just saw in the archives that this license were discussed around
: 2003/07/01 under
: thread heading "Microsoft's near-OSD-compliant shared source license"
: My question is still. If there's a problem with clause 2, how can it be
: fixed, or what other license to use.
: Regards
: Jacobus Vosloo
: Hi
: Will the license listed below be compatible with opensource standards?
: It is a template as published by Microsoft on their workspaces website
: (
: I am considering this license because:
:       It is short.
:       It allows commercial derivatives. ie. should be non viral, and
: compatible with most other OS licenses.
: NB. Will it be compatible with other licenses? Especially ones like GNU
: GPL?
: Example: Will a library written under this license be includable in
: os project?
: If it is not compatible. Please advice on a license that is similar to the
: LGPL, but with more allowance for commercial distribution.
: Thanks for comments.
: Jacobus Vosloo
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