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Full Article Attached Relicensing Has Begun

Wednesday September 19th, 2001

Gervase Markham writes: "Today we are checking in the first set of license changes into the Mozilla source tree, in our effort to get all mozilla.org-hosted code licensed in a way which addresses concerns about potential incompatibilities between the MPL and the GPL and LGPL. Our ultimate goal is to relicense all the mozilla.org-hosted Mozilla code under an MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license (except for a few contributed files which will remain under their current BSD-style licenses). For more information on this ongoing effort see the Mozilla Relicensing FAQ. Please read that before asking questions in the comments." Click the Full Article link to find out more about the relicensing.


#13 Already happened or won't happen

by abraham <abraham@dina.kvl.dk>

Thursday September 20th, 2001 11:09 AM

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If you mean "fork" like Linux, with multiple distributions which all define themselves compared to a single "autoritative" kernel, that has already happened.

If you mean "fork" like *BSD, with five basically equal and indpendent trees, I doubt that will happen as long as AOL back the project. There is simply too much to lose by diverging too far from the AOL backed tree.

If you believe that license issues will promote a fork, I can't see any reason to think that will happened. It didn't happen to Perl. X11 and BSD did fork, but all the forks either kept the original lisence or went proprietary. There have been no forks that switched to another free license, like the GPL, even though the (new) BSDL and MIT X11 licenses would allow that.

The license fanatics in the GPL camp tend to be Linux lusers without a clue, and no ability to code. There are some pretty competent coders among the pro-BSDL anti-GPL fanatics, but the new license would not allow switching the the BSDL.