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Re: [tdf-discuss] LO vs AOO : GPL/LGPL vs ASL licences

On 12/31/2012 02:40 PM, Immanuel Giulea wrote:
In the marketing materials that I am writing covering LO vs AOO, I was
wondering if it would be relevant to go into an explanation about why the
GPL/LGPL licence used by LO was superior to the ASL as a "true open source".

An average user does not care and will likely only be confused by any claim that LO is better than AOO based on LO using a more restrictive license or some sort of moral high ground that people should only use software using this license. I expect that the more a person cares about the distinction, the more likely they will not need marketing material to explain it to them.

I found this great document that explains the three "most common" licences:
ASL, GPL and LGPL (MPL is not included) (1, 2)

Any thoughts on how relevant it would be to extract some of the information
and apply it on the materials?

Almost none. If you do desire to add something, I would probably say something like this (but with cleaned up wording and more thought). "Project contributors will note <blah blah blah>". Or have a section that calls out advantages specifically for people that changes stuff and contribute it back. The license is a choice, and some will prefer it and some will not.

Cheers and Happy New Year



Andrew Pitonyak
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