Could the GPL be Linux's ball and chain?

Summary:Stephen H. Wildstrom says that the open source movement is moving into murkier waters as the intellectual-property surrounding it grows more uncertain.

Stephen H. Wildstrom says that the open source movement is moving into murkier waters as the intellectual-property surrounding it grows more uncertain. His remedy is to move Linux and other open source programs to a more commerce-friendly license than the GPL (General Public License) which currently governs its distribution:

Bright as it is, the future of commercial open source might be considerably brighter if Linux and other programs went to a more commerce-friendly license with fewer complexities and ambiguities than the GPL. There's plenty of precedent. The BSD license, the Mozilla Foundation license used for browsers, and the Apache license all provide for free distribution of code and source code with fewer restrictions than the GPL.

Topics: Open Source

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Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at U... Full Bio

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