[erlang-questions] Open source licenses, which one to choose

Mikael Pettersson <>
Wed Apr 9 09:30:19 CEST 2008


Robert Virding writes:
 > Hello everyone,
 > 
 > I will soon be releasing the next version of LFE (Lisp Flavoured Erlang).
 > With the last version I got some flak for my "license" and I am now
 > wondering which license to use? GPL seems common among other Erlang
 > projects, but how does this fit together with the normal Erlang license? The
 > Freebsd license is short enough so even I can understand but is it valid. I
 > have no interest in selling* LFE or prohibiting its use, I just want to make
 > sure I receive credit for my work and that no one "steals" it in that
 > respect. I nice courteous we are using would also be nice, good for the ego.
 > 
 > What do people think?

Have a look at the LGPL (library/lesser GPL). In essence,
it's like the GPL for the thing you wrote, but doesn't
contaminate things it gets linked to.



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