Open Source Newbie

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller robin at
Sun Aug 31 21:35:09 UTC 2008

Deepak wrote:
> The priority is both. Maximum reuse and maximum contribution/ 
> collaboration
> also.

Among new projects registered on in May of this year 
(the most recent month for which I have figures at my fingertips), a 
*large majority* (2116) use the GPL, with "Public Domain" (374) #2 and 
LGPL (354) #3.

A few more numbers:

BSD: 228
Apache License V2.0: 184
MIT: 137
Academic Free License (AFL): 131

The rest are all in two digits, all the way down to a single, lonely 
project that uses the (OSI-approved) Microsoft Reciprocal License.

For maximum code compatibility with other F/OSS projects, GPL is the 
obvious choice.

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
Editor in Chief,
SourceForge, Inc.

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