Subject: Re: Open Source Newbie
From: Ross Gardler <ross.gardler@oucs.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 22:59:28 +0100

Robin 'Roblimo' Miller wrote:
> Deepak wrote:
>>
>>
>> The priority is both. Maximum reuse and maximum contribution/ 
>> collaboration
>> also.
> 
> Among new projects registered on SourceForge.net in May of this year 
> (the most recent month for which I have figures at my fingertips), a 
> *large majority* (2116) use the GPL, with "Public Domain" (374) #2 and 
> LGPL (354) #3.
> 
> A few more numbers:
> 
> BSD: 228
> Apache License V2.0: 184
> MIT: 137
> Academic Free License (AFL): 131
> 
> The rest are all in two digits, all the way down to a single, lonely 
> project that uses the (OSI-approved) Microsoft Reciprocal License.
> 
> For maximum code compatibility with other F/OSS projects, GPL is the 
> obvious choice.

That depends on *what* you want to be compatible with and what kind of 
community you want to build around your own code.

Stats don't help a great deal in making important decisions. Most people 
have above the average number of feet, but I'm not about to start a 
company selling shoes in threes.

Ross