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LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
as a data point:
$ wc -w /usr/share/common-licenses/BSD # this is 3-clause BSD
Arguably, BSD-3 doesn't "do" much either, and I guess the most interesting comparison points for Richard are the most recent licenses (MPL 2.0, GPLv3).
But if the goal really is comparison with *popular* open source licenses, well, excluding BSD sounds like cheating :-) </troll>
FOSDEM: Richard Fontana on copyleft-next
Posted Feb 14, 2013 14:05 UTC (Thu) by rfontana (subscriber, #52677)
It wasn't actually meant to be a comparison to popular open source licenses. Clearly GPLv1 is not popular as a specifically chosen license, and MPL 2.0 is (AFAICT) not used much outside of the Mozilla ecosystem and LibreOffice. I picked GPLv1 to show the historical evolution in length of the GPL, and I picked MPL 2.0 because it's the most interesting case of a post-*GPLv3, pre-copyleft-next (weak) copyleft FLOSS license.
I have easily concluded that you can't make an effective, modern copyleft license much shorter than the Apache License 2.0, hence I didn't bother to compare to the popular minimalist pre-modern BSD and MIT variants.
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