Subject: Re: Comparison of OSL
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 20:20:44 +0100
Mon, 23 Jun 2003 20:20:44 +0100
on Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 10:00:49AM +0200, Flet ( wrote:
> Hi all,
> does anybody know of a comparisaon between the different OS licenses that 
> exist and their pros and cons ?

Pros & Cons, not particularly.

Stromian Technologies ( has a good licensing
overview.  Likewise the FSF's licensing comparison page, which notes
whether or not licenses meet the FSF free software definition, and/or
are compatible with the GNU GPL:

There's a table similar to one of the Stromian docs in  Open Sources ,
available online from O'Reilly.

The usual focus of license analysis is what the aims of the license are.
I used a "fear and greed" model -- noting largely that virtually every
free software license has a disclaimer of warrantee and liability, and
that most are intended for specific goals.  I find this a useful way to
approach a discussion.


Karsten M. Self <>
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