[License-discuss] BSD, MIT [was Re: Draft of new OSI licenses landing page; please review.]

Jim Jagielski jim at jimjag.com
Sun Apr 15 14:37:44 UTC 2012

On Apr 5, 2012, at 11:35 AM, John Cowan wrote:

> Luis Villa scripsit:
>> Without getting into other issues, I'd hope we can agree that BSD/MIT
>> do not belong in a first-class list here in 2012. Apache fills the
>> same purpose[1] (permissive license) while being better drafted and
>> properly handling patents.
> All true, and I greatly favor Apache.  But BSD/MIT are well-understood
> and still extremely pervasive.  Looking at Google Code, which was
> founded fairly recently, Apache dominates; looking at Sourceforge and
> Freshmeat, MIT and BSD dominate.
> So put Apache before MIT/BSD, but don't drop them altogether.

-0... but just because something had been around for a long
time (BSD/MIT) is no reason to maintain it as a 1st class
citizen... The idea of a 1st class list is to "prioritize"
the better licenses for a class of licenses, and the ALv2
is "better" than BSD/MIT.

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