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The real world of license hell

See anything missing from there? Google does a great job with its SOC program, but I think from an Eclipse perspective, there’s something missing about what type of licenses students can choose from that box. I think Google’s initial intentions were good (ie., not to confuse students), but in the real world there’s a ton of licenses out there and as a software engineer, you have to learn about them (even funny ones like BeerWare). Maybe Google could be more instructive to students about the various licenses and even categorize them like the OSI.

  • Lawrence Mandel

    I noticed this on Google Code a little while back and I think it’s a real detractor from the service. The license chosen for a project plays a key role in that project’s adoption. Certain people and organizations favour certain types of licenses. The license you pick for your project should not be limited by what’s in a drop down list but should reflect the community you intend to build around your project. Part of Open Source is about choice and this drop down license list really limits your choice.

  • Lawrence Mandel

    I noticed this on Google Code a little while back and I think it’s a real detractor from the service. The license chosen for a project plays a key role in that project’s adoption. Certain people and organizations favour certain types of licenses. The license you pick for your project should not be limited by what’s in a drop down list but should reflect the community you intend to build around your project. Part of Open Source is about choice and this drop down license list really limits your choice.

  • Mike Milinkovich

    FWIW, I have spoken directly to the guys at Google about the list of available licenses on code.google.com .

    The absence of the EPL is not an oversight.

  • Mike Milinkovich

    FWIW, I have spoken directly to the guys at Google about the list of available licenses on code.google.com . The absence of the EPL is not an oversight.

  • Mustafa K. Isik

    This is the link to a thread at “Hosting at Google” concerning this issue from exactly a year ago.

  • Mustafa K. Isik

    This is the link to a thread at “Hosting at Google” concerning this issue from exactly a year ago.

  • Patrick Mueller

    What? no WTFPL?

  • Patrick Mueller

    What? no WTFPL?

  • Chris Aniszczyk (zx)

    I’m a fan of the WTFPL, but it doesn’t guarantee me beer. I consider the BeerWare license a variant of WTFPL with benefits 😉

  • Chris Aniszczyk (zx)

    I’m a fan of the WTFPL, but it doesn’t guarantee me beer. I consider the BeerWare license a variant of WTFPL with benefits 😉