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

Bob Ippolito <>
Sat Apr 12 21:10:24 CEST 2008


I didn't want to participate in the flamewars, but good choice! :) I
like BSD/MIT licensed software because I don't have to think very hard
about whether I can combine it with whatever else we're doing.

-bob

2008/4/12 Robert Virding <>:
> Well that opened a discussion; apparently I am not the only one who has
> wondered about this.
>
> I finally decided to go with the simplified BSD copyright, as used for
> example by FreeBSD. This OSI approved and according to them more or less
> compatible with the MIT copyright. Also according to the pundits there it
> does infringe upon the GPL (at least the *simplified* BSD doesn't) so there
> should not be any compatibility problems, and it protects the work as mine
> but does not restrict usage.
>
> Thanks for all the help,
>
> Robert
>
>
>
> On 09/04/2008, Robert Virding <> wrote:
> > 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?
> >
> > Robert
> >
> > * As if anyone would buy it. :-)
> >
> >
>
>
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