[Trac-dev] Trac's License

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Maynard Koch

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Jul 12, 2022, 8:16:40 PMJul 12
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Hi all,

for our final presentation there is one more thing we would like to know:

Why is Trac licensed under a modified BSD license and, for example, not
using the GNU GPL?

Thank you in advance!

Cheers,

Maynard

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Internet Technologies Group, Institute of Computer Science

https://www.mi.fu-berlin.de/en/inf/groups/ilab/members/koch.html

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RjOllos

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Jul 12, 2022, 8:32:47 PMJul 12
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On Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 5:16:40 PM UTC-7 Maynard Koch wrote:
Hi all,

for our final presentation there is one more thing we would like to know:

Why is Trac licensed under a modified BSD license and, for example, not
using the GNU GPL?

Thank you in advance!

Cheers,

Maynard

This predates my involvement in the project, but it was changed from GPL to 3-Clause BSD. I can't tell you the reasoning for certain, but my feeling from things I've heard over the year is that the founders of the project wanted to create software that could be used freely with few conditions attached.


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Noah Kantrowitz

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Jul 12, 2022, 8:48:31 PMJul 12
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The Python community as a whole is fairly hostile to GPL and related
licenses. It was easier to go with the flow early on.

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Maynard Koch

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Jul 13, 2022, 6:08:45 AMJul 13
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Thanks a lot for sharing!

Cheers,

Maynard
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