Posted Oct 29, 2012 13:29 UTC (Mon) by kskatrh (guest, #73410)
Parent article: Motif relicensed
Better late than never? Perhaps.
Most of the world is unlikely to care much? I think you're missing the point.
Getting it released as FOSS — even twenty years later — sets a precedent for putting valuable works into open source.
And if, by doing this, it helps get something else into open source, then that's a huge victory for open source.
The other victory of course, is that now the source is out there, rather than being locked up for the rest of time. (Well, it was never locked up if you were willing to pay for a license, but that's besides the point.)