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Licensing software

Open source is failing

These are some thoughts on Free Software and Open Source. It's a work in progress, as I try to figure out how I want to license my own software in the future, and why I think it's important.

Software Needs To Be More Expensive

Software, like coffee, is too artificially cheap, and we need to make it more expensive. I have one suggestion for how to do that.

Open-Source Exploitation - David Whitney - NDC London 2024

In this session we'll do a deep dive into the history of open-source software, it's ethical issues in the modern, hyper-capitalised development landscape, and how we can survive, as humans in a world where the hobbyist computer clubs of the early microcomputing era founded practices that are being weaponised against the individual in the 2020s.

A vital, rollercoaster session about something that effects the livelihood of every developer - and is about finding the humanity in the centre of our software.

Know Your Limits: On Surviving Open Source by Carlton Gibson

Dr. Carlton Gibson presents his talk, "Know Your Limits: On Surviving Open Source" to the Djangonaut Space 2024 Session 1 team.

What Part of "... for Life" Don't You Understand?" by Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Jacob Kaplan-Moss opens up about his experience being a core developer and maintainer of Django, ending in depression and burnout.

Dual licensing GPL for fame and profit

Dual licensing with GPL is the idea that if I own a certain piece of GPL code, I can also relicense it as a proprietary library. This is how Oracle licenses Java and how QT licenses QT.

Further discussion here

On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL

Richard Stallman comments on dual-licensing.

Various Licenses and Comments about Them

Comments on dual-licensing from the project.

Corporate Open Source is Dead

IBM is buying HashiCorp for $6.4 billion. That's four months after HashiCorp rugpulled their entire development community and ditched open source for the 'Business Source License.' As someone on Hacker News pointed out so eloquently:

IBM is like a juicer that takes all the delicious flavor out of a fruit

skywhopper replied:

HashiCorp has done a good job of pre-draining any flavor it once had.