FOSSLC has organized an interesting debate today on "Which Open Source License is Best?". Matt Asay, Mike Milinkovich, and David Maxwell are arguing the merits of various licenses and will will be webcast live. Randal Schwartz, Jay Lyman, and I will be judging the debate and blogging our conclusions. I hope you enjoy this lively and informative event.
Which OSS license is best? Maybe after they decide on that, the panel could debate which flavor of ice cream is best.
It depends on your goal - if your goal is to ensure that Free code stays Free, then A/L/GPL is probably best. If your goal is the broadest possible use/reuse/modification of your code, then a BSD-style license is probably best.
About Chris Tyler
I am a Christian, college professor, computer programmer, system administrator, author, and consultant. My specialty is open source, particularly Fedora Linux.
These are my first two books: X Power Tools, a thorough guide to the X Window System (O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596101954) and Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distro, a practical hands-on book on Fedora (O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596526825).
Fedora Linux is also available for online reading through Safari and in downloadable PDF format from oreilly.com