[Haskell-cafe] Hmm, what license to use?

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Mon Sep 29 15:16:29 EDT 2008

2008/9/29 Bit Connor <bit at mutantlemon.com>:

Basically it seems to me that you believe in the benevolence and
enligtenment of companies.  Something I don't.  I believe you are
right in splitting the LGPL into two different objectives, and you are
right in saying that I really only care about getting changes back.

> So in summary, if user freedom is important, then GPL is the way to
> go. If it's about encouraging the submission of patches and
> contributions, then the license won't help you, you simply have to
> rely on the good will of people. (But BSD will allow for a larger
> community)

Well, I'm not convinced about this.  I fail to see how your use of
Apple is an example of this.  Yes, they clearly didn't get it in the
beginning, but now there seems to be a vibrant community around
Webkit.  Just as a point of comparison, did they do any better (in the
beginning) with the BSD licensed code they use?  I sure haven't heard
anything along those lines anyways.


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