[License-discuss] [FAQ] Is <some PHP program> Open Source?

Karl Fogel kfogel at red-bean.com
Mon Jan 7 16:06:36 UTC 2013

Engel Nyst <engel.nyst at gmail.com> writes:
>About every time I have seen this question, its meaning has been:
>"Is this PHP program Open Source simply because the source of a PHP
>program is *available*, therefore 'open' source?"
>"The source code of the application is provided, therefore open." (in
>proprietary licensed applications)
>The reason of many people's confusion on PHP applications has not been
>the language implementation license at all, but the fact that it's an
>interpreted language.
>Other experiences may be different. I am, however, submitting this
>issue for your attention. I have been surprised that the answer on the
>FAQ page assumes[1] that the confusion around PHP applications being
>"Open Source" has anything to do with the license of the language
>[1] http://opensource.org/faq#language-vs-license

Would you like to suggest a change to the wording of that FAQ answer?


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