[License-discuss] License licenses

James purpleidea at gmail.com
Fri May 31 05:10:29 UTC 2019

On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 12:47 AM Lawrence Rosen <lrosen at rosenlaw.com> wrote:
> I realize most of you don't give a damn about the OSL license, but anyway that is what it says. Now, as I told Bruce Perens privately, I've resigned myself to being ignored on this OSI list. Bruce replied:
> Yes, but you project your personal hurt about this pretty much every time discussion comes around to a GNU license. The world didn't beat a path to your door. It doesn't always, and it doesn't have to be fair. Reminding us how bitter you are about it once a month is a losing fight.

FWIW, I only consider about five different licenses for new projects.
Not because they're necessarily better than OSL (I never investigated
that deeply) but because I am against license proliferation, and the
existing five are good enough. If I want my open source project to
have a chance, I don't want to disadvantage it with an obscure or less
popular license. (This isn't a dig at OSL, it's just a statement about
GPL being vastly more common.) It's the same reason my projects are
hosted on GitHub: It's kind of hilarious that a lot of major open
source stuff is being done on a proprietary platform-- I'd like to
avoid that, but for popularity reasons, I've stayed for now.


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