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.
#8 Re: when do we fork?
Wednesday September 19th, 2001 3:28 PM
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I doubt it. The M/NPL has always been forkable - *proprietary* forkable - and nobody tried to fork it. Perl has been dual-licensed between the GPL and artistic licenses for donkey's years and never license-forked. OpenOffice is GPL/SISSL. NSPR and spidermonkey have been dual MPL/GPL for ages too.
Oh, and on <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html> , rms urges perl programmers to dual-license all perl code they write, to "promote uniformity". He also made a statement shortly after the dual-licensing of NSPR and spidermonkey was announced, urging people to respect the spirit of the dual license and not restrict their contributions to GPL only (sorry, I don't have a reference to this, some searching might pull it up).
If anybody does fork, they'll have no serious support from anywhere, and will fall behind the official project almost immediately.