[nycbug-talk] Google and the BSD License
ike at lesmuug.org
Tue Feb 14 14:54:06 EST 2006
Printed today in LinuxFormat magazine:
"Former Slashdot editor, games programmer and consultant Chris DiBona
talks about his new work at Google in a brief interview over at Linux
LXF: What’s the preferred Google licence?
CD: We usually use the BSD. We’ve released things under the LGPL as
well. We try to make sure that people are able to use what we
release, and GPL and LGPL is good for that, but the GPL keeps
proprietary software vendors from using it too, so often our
engineers don’t select it. We do let the engineer choose the licence
itself. If they feel passionately about it they can choose whatever
they want; we’re more interested in getting code out there than in
any big religious dispute.
We also choose the BSD because it’s a little easier from our
perspective and with our staffing levels to keep track of it – you
don’t have to. With the GPL you have to have more of a stewardship
role with that piece of software, whereas with the BSD you can say,
“Here it is, take it, have fun”, and forget about it in a lot of ways.
Got this from slasdot today, (I know noboday reads that rag, right?):
Loads of other great thoughts expressed by Chris DiBona in the
article IMHO, given the context.
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