[riot-users] Switch to BSD?

René Kijewski rene.kijewski at fu-berlin.de
Thu Dec 4 00:16:17 CET 2014


Am Wed, 3 Dec 2014 22:59:40 +0100
schrieb Emmanuel Baccelli <Emmanuel.Baccelli at inria.fr>:

> 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.

Hi,

BSD is one of the most useless, outdated licenses there is. You give away all
your rights to the code up to the point where you are sued because you use the
code that you wrote.

Any enterprise who claims that they would like RIOT OS to switch to a BSD-style
license is no gain for the community. They simply would like to rip off the
actual contributors.

Opposed to that the Apache License was written by people who actually knew what
they were doing, and the is core of the Android OS, which one can consider fairly
successful, seeing that it is currently the most prevalent OS, used by many many
small and giant enterprises.

I am not opposed to relicensing to Apache 2.0 [1], I would welcome it. Actually
I already said a year ago that we should use the Apache License instead of LGPL. ;-)

But if you want to discard all the rights to your code, then at least use the
MIT license. The name is clear instead of the having to specify which of the
four different flavors of the license you mean, and MIT is much more often used
in new project. [2]

Best regard
René

[1]: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html

[2]: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/18/github_licensing_study/
Disclaimer: "… his study was by no means scientific, nor was his data set complete …"

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