[riot-users] [riot-devel] Switch to BSD?

Thomas Watteyne watteyne at eecs.berkeley.edu
Wed Dec 3 23:14:10 CET 2014


Emmanuel,
I support the change to BSD. One of the reasons is that OpenWSN is also on
BSD, so integration of the different code bases might be easier when both
have the same license.
Thomas

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Emmanuel Baccelli <
Emmanuel.Baccelli at inria.fr> wrote:

> Dear RIOTers,
>
> we have been receiving an increasing amount of negative feedback from
> various companies concerning the practical usability of our LGPL license in
> their context, being a show-stopper.
>
> For this reason, INRIA, Freie Universitaet (FU) Berlin and Hamburg
> University of Applied Science (HAW) are currently considering changing the
> license of their contributions to RIOT to a less restrictive license (i.e.
> BSD, potentially as soon as next release).
>
> Such a switch to BSD is betting that the effect of a potentially smaller
> percentage of user/devel contributing back to the master branch will be
> dwarfed by the effect of a user/devel community growing much bigger and
> quicker. This seems doable considering the current momentum around RIOT.
>
> In a second phase, if such a license switch takes place for INRIA/FU/HAW
> contributions, we would then contact other contributors individually, to
> check their status concerning a similar switch for their own contributions.
>
> But in the first place, we would like to debate this topic. In particular:
> is anyone violently opposing the idea of migrating to a less restrictive
> license, such as BSD? If so, why? On the other hand, if you explicitly
> support the license change, feel free to indicate this as well. Please send
> your opinion to the list before Dec. 10th.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Emmanuel
>
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