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Avoid the MPL

Avoid the MPL

Posted Feb 24, 2005 18:14 UTC (Thu) by ballombe (subscriber, #9523)
Parent article: Cutting back license proliferation

In this great piece http://perens.com/Articles/OSD.html
Bruce Perens OSI founder wrote that:
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Many companies have adopted a variation of the MPL for their own programs. This is unfortunate, becuase the NPL was designed for the specific business situation that Netscape was in at the time it was written, and is not necessarily appropriate for others to use. It should remain the license of Netscape and Mozilla, and others should use the GPL or the or X licenses.
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Despite Russ comments, it still apply today.

The MPL is GPL incompatible (mozilla was later dual-licensed with the GPL for that reason). I don't know if the MPL was 'specifically tailored not to be compatible with the GPL' but who care ? The MPL give you the opportunuity to pick a OSI-approved license yet GPL incompatible, so who would need to make a 'specifically tailored not to be compatible with the GPL' ?


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