Re: Is Sun's new license compatible with the MPL?
Vidar Braut Haarr <vidar <at> firefox.no>
2004-12-23 08:16:15 GMT
Jimmy Cerra wrote:
> Right now, I released a project under the GPL , but I'm considering
> relicensing it under a tri-license GPL/LGPL/MPL. What are the
> advantages of this?
The way Mozilla.org does it, is they release the code under the
tri-license, but their binaries are released solely under the MPL. This
lets them use "official artwork" in their binaries, but "prevents"
others from using the official artwork - some might argue that this is
allowed with the GPL as well, seeing as they are static, non-linked
content, but I'm not sure about that.
That was infact quite unrelated to your question, but hey.. :)
In any case: These are the different pros of the licenses:
MPL: Allows people to take the work (and modify it if they want to) and
sell it without providing the source code.
GPL: The source must always be available.
LGPL: Proprietary software can link against the software without
opensourcing their application.
That's how I understand it (roughly), atleast, but IANAL.
> I'm also considering CDDL, Sun's new license  which is based on the
> MPL. Is it compatible with the MPL? What are the advantages of using
> the MPL verses the CDDL?
I haven't really read anything about the CDDL.
You should probably talk to Gerv or someone else, who has far more