FOSDEM '09 is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.

Terrence Barr
Day Sunday
Room AW1.125
Start time 16:30
End time 17:00
Duration 00:30
Event type Podium
Track Free Java
Language English
Pure GPL - Is it still up to date

Many successful open source projects use pure GPL - true to the ideal of free software - requiring everyone to contribute under the same, open terms.

But as open source increasingly becomes a foundation for core functionality used both in non-commercial as well as commercial ways the call for more liberal licenses is getting louder.

GPL with classpath exception, LGPL, BSD, Apache, Eclipse, and others allow adopters to build upon the open source code in proprietary ways - violating the true spirit of free software but giving developers more freedoms to chose the best approach for their project or product.

This session aims to be a free-flowing discussion on the question whether pure GPL without any exceptions is still up to date with the changes occurring the software industry.