Computer Associate's cunning plan for the CDDL

Summary:Computer Associates wants to adapt Sun's?Common Development and Distribution License into an industry standard.

Computer Associates wants to adapt Sun's?Common Development and Distribution License into an industry standard.

CA is talking to both IBM and Sun about this.

Sam Greenblatt of CA (right) wants to turn the CDDL into a template that will retain the complexity of current commercial open source licensing schemes while giving them a common underpinning.

Greenblatt called the CDDL template a constitution.

The idea would be to have commercial enterprises enter the open source world through this base license, which they could adapt to their own needs.

In that way everyone would be happy. The OSI would have just three major licenses in the CDDL, BSD and GPL, anti-GPL rhetoric would cease, and corporations would go back to business as usual.

Does this make sense to you? It makes sense to me that the decision on licensing terms should be set by the market, and this looks to me like a market procedure. Of course, I could be just an imperialist, communist, capitalist tool.

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Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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