[License-discuss] objective criteria for license evaluation

Tzeng, Nigel H. Nigel.Tzeng at jhuapl.edu
Tue Nov 13 16:18:06 UTC 2012

Unless you do open source using Perl or C#.  Two widely used languages
with strong communities backing them.

Since it is a distinction without a difference in your opinion then may we
assume that you should have absolutely no problems with adopting such a
metrics driven list?

On 11/13/12 1:25 AM, "John Cowan" <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:

>Luis Villa scripsit:
>> What objective, factual criteria would you use to supplement or
>> replace the current categories?
>> Ideally, suggestions for criteria would include either:
>> 1) a reliable third-party data source (like the blackduck survey Nigel
>> pointed to)
>Well, let's examine the current top 14 licenses in Blackduck's list, and
>compare it with the OSI "popular, widely used, or with strong communities"
>category.  Let's further combine the two versions of GPL into one, and
>likewise with LGPL, as well as the 2-clause and 3-clause BSD licenses.
>If we then merge the ordered Blackduck top-14 list with the unordered
>OSI category and put them in Blackduck order, we get:
>GPL, Apache, MIT, BSD, Artistic*, LGPL, EPL, CPOL**, MS-PL*, MPL, CDDL.
>[*] Not in the OSI category.
>[*] Not OSI certified at all; somewhat similar to the Apache license.
>So it's basically a distinction without a difference.
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