Author: Matt Asay
Many people don’t realize that there are dozens and dozens of open source licenses today. There is really no value and much confusion in having that many licenses. If you’re a vendor and you plan to create a new license: Stop, please don’t.
The argument is that open source license proliferation breeds uncertainty (license incompatibilities, as well as simply knowing what the various licenses say/mean) which, in turn, creates costs and slows open source software adoption. Don Rosenberg, author of “Open Source: The Unauthorized White Papers,” has written persuasively on the problem, which I blogged here.