Source licensing

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 09 2004 - 16:33:37 CDT

As we progress towards the development of production grade software,
I think it is worthwhile to revisit the licensing under which the
software will be developed. I think that such an analysis, if
written up from the election system point of view, will be a
worthwhile contribution to the scientific literature.

Let me identify some of the isssues.

There are at least 3 primary models: closed proprietary source,
published and publicly available proprietary source, and open source.
With open source, there are a variety of models, from GPL to no
restrictions on reuse. There is also tracking changes *and
rationales.* (CVS can track changes, but does it adequately record
the rationale for the changes?)

So let's talk through what licensing should be used, specifically for
the reference software developed under the University of California
contract.

Best regards,
Arthur

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