Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Change OSS Licenses to Make More Money?

Filed under
OSS

In a recent article1, Monty Widenius, a primary author of MySQL, argues that typical open source licensing is a problem for entrepreneurs, and that a change is needed. He recommends something he calls “business source,” which essentially means code under a commercial license that automatically converts to an open source license after a defined period of time, such as three years. Each new version of the code triggers a new three-year license clock for that version.

Clearly, this is not in the spirit of open source: it puts restrictions on the code (even though the restrictions eventually lapse). Why does he propose this? He claims such a move would help young companies make more money from their investment of time and resources.

I disagree strongly.




More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Gaming

MeX Operating System Brings Cinnamon 3.0 & Linux Kernel 4.6 to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, June 30, 2016, Arne Exton has released a new build of his MeX GNU/Linux distribution, based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. Shipping with the Cinnamon 3.0.5 desktop environment (Cinnamon 3.0.6 is now the latest version available) and borrowing some of the technologies from the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" repositories, MeX Build 160630 is now available for download powered by the Linux 4.6 kernel. Read more

Linux Mint 18 Final

Red Hat News