[IronPython] License change?

Dan Wierenga dwierenga at gmail.com
Tue Apr 20 00:10:53 CEST 2010

On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 2:55 PM, Dino Viehland <dinov at microsoft.com> wrote:
>   Do you think adopting a more popular license, such as the Apache License, would be a good change for IronPython?

My $.02: there aren't a lot of people that are familiar with the MS
public licenses compared to the Apache/GPL/BSD/etc licenses. For many
of them, the mention of "Microsoft" in the license name immediately
(erroneously, but immediately nonetheless) makes them conclude a
project isn't open source.

Adopting a license that people are familiar with will make it easier
for them to come to terms with the fact that Microsoft can and does
sponsor open-source projects.  And it convinces them from the outset
that there isn't some hidden backdoor in the license for Microsoft to

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