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Which license is the best license for business? For community? For academia? For government? What are the key factors that influence the decision regarding an open source license? Are there certain things you should look out for?
This debate featured a panel of experts to examine the key factors influencing the decision to choose a particular license, as well as the subtle differences between the GPL, EPL, and BSD licences. These licenses cover a good range of the open source license spectrum.
We recently did a panel discussion with panellists from organizations actively involved in open source including IBM, Redhat, Ingres, Eclipse, Mozilla, and i365, a Seagate company. Panellists included: * Ingres CEO - Roger Burkhardt
* Mozilla Executive Director - Mark Surman
* Eclipse Executive Director - Mike Milinkovich
* IBM Software Developer - Lawrence Mandel
* i365, A Seagate Company Software Developer - Austin Ziegler
* Redhat, Solutions Architect - Andrew Jennings
The 3 pillar themes of the evenings panel were to be education, business, and government. The session was interactive and thus the potential to explore other areas. Greg Wilson asked why the data indicates that open source is multiple times less inclusive to women (than closed source/corporate development). This was based on some research by Greg and Michelle Levesque. See one of their papers - Women in Software Open Source, Cold Shoulder.
Thus we had an unexpected and important discussion about open source inclusiveness - particularly towards women. I will comment further later, and we hope to revisit this issue with future discussions. I won't spoil the video for now - enjoy.
I have been teaching object oriented programming for a few years now. It's been a lot of fun.
Making a long story short, I was successful blending in open source content to a course that was mandated closed source (.NET) by the department. This pragmatic blending made for a good course that I feel prepared students for the mixed close/open world they'll find when they graduate.