Is this a blunder, or just too subtle for me?
Posted Jul 26, 2007 16:00 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Is this a blunder, or just too subtle for me?
Parent article: SugarCRM goes to GPLv3
FYI, there are a number of genuinely open source licences, a couple of them OSI certified, that do apply copyleft obligations to the ASP industry.
Yup. And they are mostly unsuccessful ones. It's quite hard to distinguish two cases:
1) where your package is used for SaaS (like Google)
2) where your package is used for some private endeavour (like LWN)
Licenses like AGPL/APSL punish equally - that's why I'll probably never use AGPL/APSL-licensed software. And if I'll be forced to use such software I'll do everything possible to not ever fix or change it. Even badgeware is better from practical viewpoint. If you'll think about it it's only logical.
Yes, usurpation of the code by SaaS vendors is a problem but AGPL is worse medicine then disease itself...
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