CA Backs Single Open-Source License
Hoping to bring some order to the chaotic system of open-source licenses, Computer Associates International Inc. is spearheading a campaign to create a single, common open-source license to which options can be added through a template.
he Template License is designed to help address the proliferation of open-source licenses that currently exist-more than 60 at last count-many of which have never been updated and are unenforceable, said Sam Greenblatt, a senior vice president at CA, in Islandia, N.Y.
The company took a hard look at its complex Trusted Open Source License and decided that it did not want to be in the licensing business.
"We want to be able to create a template that can deal with the issue of internationalization. Some 60 percent of all our Linux revenue will come from outside the United States, and some 95 percent of the [Open Source Initiative]-approved licenses are unenforceable outside the United States," Greenblatt said.