[OSGeo-Discuss] Thematic Mapping Engine as Open Source?
chris.puttick at thehumanjourney.net
Tue Jun 24 01:51:36 PDT 2008
----- "Lester Caine" <lester at lsces.co.uk> wrote:
> Christopher Schmidt wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 05:40:41PM +0200, Paolo Cavallini wrote:
> >> Bjorn Sandvik ha scritto:
> >>> I'll consider the pros and cons between different licenses. I
> don't have
> >>> commercial interests,
> >>> but I would like the project to be sustainable.
> >>> I've changed my mind about using SourceForge, - I agree that
> Google Code
> >>> is more suitable.
> >> Please note:
> >> - GPL is more widely used
> > Than what?
> > In any case, GPL is designed to prevent use of the software in a
> > specific set of contexts. I maintain my position that for
> > Libraries, the GPL is confusing at best, and tends to hurt uptake of
> > an open source project, in my experience. (ExtJS is a strong
> > example of a JS library which is GPL licensed -- but they are not
> > open source project, just open source code.)
> > The GPL is a fine license for many things, I just think that open
> GPL is appropriate if you do not want other people to make money out
> of your
> effort. LGPL may be more appropriate for Libraries but only after
Surely you mean people not making money out of selling your efforts without making a contribution back? Plenty of people make money from selling services around GPL software without breaching the licence and I don't think many of those developing GPL software begrudge that.
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