Which license best fits this need?

Ryan Cross ryanecross at gmail.com
Wed Aug 6 01:12:49 UTC 2008

On Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 2:57 AM, Brian Behlendorf <brian at hyperreal.org>wrote:

> On Wed, 6 Aug 2008, Ryan Cross wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 10:44 PM, <james at architectbook.com> wrote:
>>  I guess I was looking for guidance on encouraging enterprises whose
>>> primary
>>> business model isn't technology to not have to contribute vs software
>>> vendors whom I want to force to contribute and which license best fits
>>> this
>>> need
>> Its generally best to expect everyone to contribute. If a company isn't
>> based on technology, then they will likely not be modifying the code and
>> thus not have anything to contribute anyways, so explicitly trying to say
>> they don't have to contribute is probably wasted effort.
> Distinctions like this between kinds of companies is a bad game to play, as
> the idea of who is a "software vendor" is getting really really fuzzy. Is
> Tivo a software vendor?  Intel?  A consulting shop that writes software on
> spec but uses open source underneath it?  A difference as huge as that
> between the GPL and BSD shouldn't be left to such a fuzzy definition. Treat
> everyone the same - either require the quid pro quo, or don't.  Make that
> decision based on your sense of your licensee community and the existing
> competing products.
>        Brian

Thanks Brian, I think you said what I was trying to say only much better.
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