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Open Source Software Licensing Page


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OEM Software Licensing, from Strategic Planning to Negotiations and Administration

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Open Source Software Licensing


Donald K. Rosenberg, Stromian Technologies


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Open Source software licensing comes with a confusing variety of terms and conditions. Stromian Technologies has been active in this field for four years, working with clients and speaking on Free Software licensing and marketing topics at Linux gatherings and at USENIX, UniForum, and Comdex. This page is intended to provide some background and information on the subject.

AN INTRODUCTION TO COPYLEFT

An Unofficial History of Linus Torvalds and Linux

Copyleft and the Religious Wars of the 21st Century

The Economies of Online Cooperation: Gifts and Public Goods in Cyberspace

FOUNDATIONS

The Cathedral and the Bazaar (XHTML)

Open Source Group

The Origins and Future of Open Source Software

SOME PUBLIC LICENSES CATEGORIZED

Evaluation of Public Licenses

Open Source Licensing

The Copyleft Classics:

GNU General Public License

GNU Lesser (formerly Library,) General Public License

Open Source Definition

based on the Debian Social Contract
 

Against Commercial Distribution:

Aladdin Free Public License

Qt Q Public License

Allowing distribution of modified code without source:

Perl Artistic License

Apache License

FreeBSD Copyright

X Window System License (X11R6.6)

Python Copyright

Allowing distribution of free and proprietary code under certain conditions:

Mozilla Public License (there is also a commented license available on the site)

Common Public License

BUSINESS MODELS

Book: Open Source: The Unauthorized White Papers

Free Software Business Models

Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!

Making a Business Case for Linux

Linux vs. Windows Solutions

Pricing and Business Models for Open Source Software

Setting up Shop: The Business of Open Source Software

LAW AND OPEN SOURCE

Open Source License Law Resource Center

 

LINUX and OPENSOURCE STRATEGY: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Don Rosenberg answers questions on Open Source strategy atThe Enterprise Linux Experts' site; for the summary of questions/answers currently at the Stromian site, go here.

THE MONTHLY "CORNER COLUMNS"--Where to Find Them

Some time back Don Rosenberg wrote a monthly column on Open Source and business for LogOn Technology Transfer, the German Linux promoters who put on LinuxWorld in Frankfurt/M each year. The archive is at ViewZone; look for the "Experts' Corner."

The Chinese (traditional script) version of these columns ("Rosenberg's Corner") is published on line by the Software Liberty Association of Taiwan (HTML, no registration required), and also in the print edition of the Linux Journal (Taiwan).

They are also found here, (HTML, no registration required).


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