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“Published software should be free software. To make it free software, you need to release it under a free software license.”

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/

by mlinksva

It took a while for the idea of licensing Hardwire to sink. But when it did, I have already made some important discoveries not to mention the sigh of relief I made after weathering a lot of readings about the topic over the past few days.

Free Software !=No Business Model
This would be the jackpot of all discoveries I made. There was a point in my reading where I began to have second thoughts about applying an open source license. I thought by doing that it completely stowed Hardwire as freeware. But as I’ve found out, the Free in Free Software doesn’t have anything to do with price.

The Free in Free software means Freedom and not as wikipedia says, “Free Beer”. It means that the software can be used modified, edited without restriction. Although Free software is “available without charge, it can have a fee”.

So yes we can still apply some sort of gimmick to earn money from the software such as support, customization, distribution and fixing bugs. Whew.

Code.Google has been very helpful in helping me narrow down the list of licenses to choose from. I am now picking from a list of popular licenses with a strong community:

  • Apache License, 2.0
  • New and Simplified BSD licenses
  • GNU General Public License (GPL)
  • GNU Library or “Lesser” General Public License (LGPL)
  • MIT license
  • Mozilla Public License 1.1 (MPL)
  • Common Development and Distribution License
  • Eclipse Public License

Since Hardwire could be like WordPress, I am inclined to use the GNU license which is the same license that WordPress uses.

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Written by Jose Asuncion

March 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Posted in Hardwire

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  1. […] commercial closed source software. This is something that is contrary to the goals of free software. I was sold on the idea that free software wasn’t about price but about contribution and maki… I believe that a collective effort is always better and with many people, many good things can be […]


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